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Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine

Fully funded four-year PhD programme in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh

Application deadline: Tuesday 16 March 2021, 12 noon (GMT)
Start date: September 2021.

Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine

This 4-year PhD programme aspires to educate the next generation of leaders and influencers in regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine aims to discover novel strategies to treat disease by replacing or regenerating damaged cells. The programme, based at the Institute for Regeneration and Repair (IRR), will deliver a broad range of cross-disciplinary training to equip graduates with the skills to drive the potential of regenerative medicine into advancements in human health.

Students will receive training from world-renowned experts in stem cell research, tissue repair and regenerative medicine. The programme will be embedded within IRR’s Postgraduate Training Framework. Specific training and networking opportunities, including visits to leading research centres in Hong Kong through summer schools, will foster a programme-specific cohort for Martin Lee Doctoral Scholars.

Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine

Programme description

Year one: Foundation training and research rotation projects

Students will undertake laboratory skills training and animal handling courses and will attend seminars and journal clubs. They will receive training in good research practice, scientific reasoning, research ethics and the critical assessment of research papers. Students will carry out two 20-week research projects and disseminate their findings through written and oral presentations.

Years two to four: PhD research project

After the rotation projects, students will select their PhD topic and design a detailed research proposal under guidance of their supervisor. Projects will span the breath of research areas at IRR, ranging from fundamental science to clinical translation projects.

Students will receive training and support in state-of-the-art research facilities. Our students will become well-rounded graduates, skilled in working across various disciplines underpinning stem cell and regenerative medicine and equipped to take on challenging roles within academic, healthcare or industrial environments.

Take a virtual tour of IRR’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine

Take a virtual tour of IRR’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine

Why choose Edinburgh?

The University is globally recognised for its research, development and innovation and is consistently ranked one of the top 50 universities in the world.

You will work with some of the most influential academics in your chosen research area and learn about the latest developments in your subject.

Edinburgh is consistently voted one of the best cities in the world to live and study.

Eligibility and funding

We seek highly motivated candidates with at least a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject. Typically, candidates will have a good understanding of stem cells and/or regenerative medicine and some practical research experience.

The programme is open to those who are eligible for UK Home Fees, and to those ordinarily resident in Hong Kong. To find out your tuition fee status, visit tuition fees page.

Students will have their fees paid in full, and will receive a starting stipend of minimally £15,500 per annum, plus travel, training and research funds. Scholars from Hong Kong will be offered relocation expenses.

How to apply to the programme

Application details are available on our website. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in April 2021. Interviews are likely to be held online.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact the programme at

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