Offer of fully funded PhD opportunity for a sight impaired student

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The Sir James Mackenzie Institute for Early Diagnosis, based at the University of St. Andrews School of Medicine in Scotland, have a fully funded PhD opportunity for a candidate interested in the field of Early Diagnosis. The Mackenzie Institute was established in 2019 to become an International Centre of Excellence for Interdisciplinary Research across multiple research streams and disciplines. We are spread across multiple schools and are collaborating internationally with worldwide research.

The Institute is multi-disciplinary, involving research specialising in areas such as behavioural sciences, physiology, health services research, clinical trials, health economics, implementation research and dissemination. We are a patient focussed organisation, involving members of the wider population at all stages of research and recognising their contributions formally.

The Mackenzie Institute will endeavour to assist the individual throughout their studies with additional equipment and support where required in accessible formats. The successful individual will decide their specialised topic area of interest at the end of their first year, however we would suggest particular focus on the area of impending sight loss and sight degeneration, and how early diagnosis could prevent or ameliorate these conditions.

Candidate requirements

  • Candidates must have a 2:1, First Class Honours Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
  • It is essential that the applicant is registered as sight impaired or severely sight impaired.
  • The programme will supply additional equipment and support required to accommodate the needs of the candidate.


The Lady Skiffington Trust PhD Scholarship and application details are on the University of St. Andrews website.


The application period closes 28 February 2023.


For further information, please email Katie MacLeod at the Institute, alternatively call 01334 463599 and ask for Room 233.

See below for further details.

The Lady Margaret Skiffington Trust Scholarship – Information (DOCX, 84 KB)

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