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Medical Sciences & Translational Research

Medical Sciences & Translational Research PhD with integrated studies in Engagement for Impact Programme; 4-year fully funded studentships available.

Training the research leaders of the future

Studentships are available for outstanding postgraduate candidates to join our prestigious and unique 4-year Medical Sciences and Translational Research PhD with integrated studies in Engagement for Impact programme in September 2021.

Studentships provide full tuition fees (for national and international students), a stipend of at least £15,000 per year, £450 annual travel and conference allowance, a dedicated engagement support grant of £1,500, and £5,000 annually towards research consumable costs.

The PhD is constructed around research projects in medical sciences and translational research areas, with integrated studies in Engagement for Impact.

There is a growing need for skilled researchers who are experts at communicating their scientific work. On this programme you will learn skills in engaging non-specialist audiences with research. You will apply these skills to your own PhD research project, gaining the expertise to deliver and communicate key scientific outputs and contribute to the discovery of disease mechanisms and novel therapies.

Medical Sciences & Translational Research

Research and science communication training at world-class centres

This novel programme embeds training in, and practical application of, research-integrated public engagement, science communication, patient involvement, and data design & informatics skills as core taught elements within a 4-year biomedical research PhD. The programme thus provides students with a dynamic set of competencies.

As a student on this programme, you will undertake a research project in one of the following research areas, supervised by experienced Principal Investigators based at research centres across CMVM:

  • inflammation biology
  • regenerative medicine
  • clinical brain sciences
  • infectious disease biology
  • immunology
  • cardiovascular sciences
  • genetic and molecular medicine

You will develop a unique, assessed Engagement for Impact portfolio with tangible research-integrated engagement outputs that focus on engaging the public, policymakers, patients and other audiences that may be impacted by the possible long term outcomes of your specific research project.

More information can be found here.

Career pathways

Graduates from this PhD programme will be well placed to pursue internationally excellent research in a highly collaborative, cross-disciplinary manner. Our programme teaches students to become innovative, creative thinkers, who have the confidence and ability to engage with audiences beyond the research world, removing barriers to develop meaningful and longer-term relationships with stakeholders. As such, our graduates are ideally placed to be the next generation of scientific research leaders and policy makers.

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh has a world-class reputation for delivering excellent postgraduate training and research and ranked 20th in the QS World Rankings 2021. CMVM’s standing as one of the world’s top centres of medical and veterinary medical research has been reaffirmed by its UK REF 2014 results.

Medical Sciences & Translational Research

Entry requirements

Applicants must have UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in one of the following areas: Biomedical or Medical sciences; Biological sciences; Psychology.

Your honours degree subject must be appropriate for the specific research project you are interested in.


Applications must be received by 17:00 GMT on 27th January 2021, submitted with supplementary documents as specified, using the application form on our website.

Interviews are expected to be held between mid - end February 2021.

Informal enquiries can be made at

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