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How to Apply

Applicants should submit a covering letter stating clearly why you are interested in applying. Although applications are made to the whole program initially, it would help if you indicate in your letter if there is a particular field/lab in which you are interested.  Applications should include a full up-to-date C.V. (include vacation address), and names and addresses of two academic referees, sent by 13 January 2012 to:

Academic enquiries can be made to Professor Bob Hill ( for the HGU or Professor Cathy Abbott ( for the IGMM.

An attractive stipend is offered and a comprehensive transferable skills training programme is also incorporated. PLEASE NOTE that there are eligibility criteria for these studentships relating to nationality, and period and purpose of residency in the UK. Full details can be found at the MRC Human Genetics Unit website and the IGMM website.


Postgraduate Opportunities at a World Leading Institute

The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) forms part of the University of Edinburgh and is a large, integrated research institute composed of the Molecular Medicine Centre, the MRC-Human Genetics Unit, and the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre. The IGMM’s priorities are basic biomedical research through to clinical research across a wide range of themes.  Programmes of work include the following list of themes: genetics of common and complex human diseases, epigenetics, developmental biology and pediatrics, brain biology and disease, cancer biology and biomedical systems analysis. There are currently around 75 PhD students in training across the IGMM.

The successful applicant will be joining an innovative and exciting 4 year PhD program within the IGMM Graduate School, which incorporates an initial period that includes both academic and practical training in a wide range of research methodology.  Short research projects in a variety of labs (in the first 6 months) will help students make informed choices for PhD projects. Students will then choose their main PhD project and have 3.5 years to complete their PhD research. Up to thirteen studentships are available of which six will be based in the MRC HGU and seven in the wider IGMM with different subject streams (one dedicated to cancer research, for example).  These will be available in September 2012. We expect that successful candidates will have an excellent academic record and a broad interest in the research themes of the IGMM.


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