The GSK-Strathclyde collaborative PhD programme

Since 2011, in a unique award-winning relationship, GSK and Strathclyde University have collaborated to provide studentships for graduate chemists to complete a research-based PhD at GSK. Students are registered with the University of Strathclyde but will have the opportunity to work at GSK’s flagship Medicines Research Centre at Stevenage, while also spending time at Strathclyde University.

Students require or will be in line to obtain an excellent MSci or MChem degree, or equivalent, in chemistry, together with excellent theoretical and practical skills, together with high levels of innovation, creativity, and the ability to solve complex problems are required. Students will also need to be motivated for chemistry and science in a more general sense, with strong communication skills. 

Students on the collaborative programme work on a PhD project that will drive forward the identification of new medicines within the research and development teams at GSK.  Specifically, students will work on medicinal, process or computational chemistry programmes at GSK Stevenage for a period of 3.5 years.  During this time, they will be co-supervised by Strathclyde chemistry academics together with a senior scientist from GSK, and will have the opportunity to spend 3 to 6 months at the University of Strathclyde.  In this way, students are able to gain the maximum benefit from being associated with both an outstanding university and a leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company.

Successfully complete the programme and you will receive an industry/academic leading PhD, as well as industry expertise and experience, needed to take on a senior leadership position.

Students are selected via a joint review (GSK/Strathclyde) of CV/cover letter and robust interview process based at GSK Stevenage

How to apply

Candidates, including Final Year undergraduate students, should send a covering letter, highlighting specific area(s) of interest, and a CV along with detailed subject examination grades, and the names and contact information for two referees to this email

Closing date for applications is Thursday 14th November, 2019.