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The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is an international leader in basic-to-clinical translational research.

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh is an international leader in basic-to-clinical translational research.

Our approach ranges from molecules to man, from bench to bedside, and from process to population. Our interdisciplinary groups, centres and institutes bring together basic and clinical academic staff in broad, thematic research concentrations encompassing basic sciences, translational and clinical research. Research within the College explicitly links biomedicine and veterinary medicine, in promotion of the concept 'One Medicine'.

Funded PhD opportunities

High calibre graduates are invited to apply for funded PhDs for September 2018 entry across our world-leading research institutes, centres and doctoral training programmes. Our research areas include:

  • Animal Biology
  • Cardiovascular Science
  • Clinical Brain Sciences
  • Genetics and Molecular Medicine
    • MRC Human Genetics Unit
    • Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre
    • Centre for Genomics and Experimental Medicine
  • Inflammation Research
  • Integrative Physiology
  • Neuroregeneration
  • Neuroscience
  • Population Health Sciences and Informatics
  • Precision Medicine (Doctoral Training Programme)
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Reproductive Health
  • Tissue Repair (Doctoral Training Programme)
  • Translational Neuroscience (Doctoral Training Programme)
The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is an international leader in basic-to-clinical translational research.

Why choose us for your funded PhD?

In our Interdisciplinary Research Centres, critical masses of clinical and basic scientists interact closely around their basic-to-translational goals, overcoming boundaries between "wet" and "dry" science and primary and secondary care, adding substantial value and offering the finest research training environments.

The excellence of these Centres is evidenced by prestigious external funding awards including: 4 Medical Research Council (MRC) Centres, 2 British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centres, a Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Centre, an Asthma UK (A-UK) Centre for Applied Research, a BBSRC Strategically funded institute (The Roslin Institute), an MRC University Unit (Human Genetics Unit) and a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Population Health Research and Training. In addition to these, the Wellcome Trust has just awarded funding for 4 year PhDs in Translational Neuroscience and Tissue Repair.

The University of Edinburgh is a leading postgraduate teaching and research centre, ranked 19th in the QS World Rankings 2016/17, 7th in Europe, 5th in the UK and 1st in Scotland.

The College’s reputation as one of the world’s leading centres of medical and veterinary medical research has been reaffirmed by its UK REF 2014 results.

Read more about our REF results

Application deadlines

The deadline for the majority of PhD Studentships for 2017/18 entry is end of January 2018 - we usually start accepting applications for these funded PhDs in late autumn (November/December). Please visit each Research Centre website (listed above) and live PhD projects (listed below) for specific deadlines.

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is an international leader in basic-to-clinical translational research.

PhD Projects

A dedicated Nonsense-mediated (NMD) pathway in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER-NMD)Details
Advanced signal processing and MRI to assess cerebrovascular health in small vessel disease and dementiaDetails
AMPK deficiency and respiratory diseaseDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Discovering new host-pathogen interactions to develop antivirals and vaccine strategies against PRRSVDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Early life predictors of long-life health and productivity in farm animalsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Exploiting stem cell and gene editing technologies towards discovery of genetic variants important for muscle development and meat productionDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Exploring novel tools to combat infection using Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal cells and organoidsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Food security through carbon sequestrationDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Genetic dissection of individual health trajectories and their role in disease transmissionDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Genome-wide identification of novel therapeutic targets for the control of bovine Staphylococcus aureus infectionDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Immunological, functional and structural investigation of parasite-derived immunomodulatory proteinsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Immununogenetics and disease transmission across a wildlife-livestock interface in North AfricaDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Statistical and integrative methods for the identification of causal variation in highly structured populationsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: An integrative approach to understanding the mechanobiology of liver regenerationDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Antimicrobial Resistance: modelling environmental and social interactions in the agricultural sectorDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Assessing the impact of disease-prevention decision making of pig holders on the spread of ASFDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Bovine enteroids (‘mini-guts’) as novel systems to analyse host-pathogen interactions in the intestineDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Cellular and molecular investigation of the role of the ubiquitously expressed thioesterase Ppt1Details
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Characterising allele specific expression in goats to answer key questions in livestock genomicsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Characterising how the HUSH complex can induce the epigenetic repression of retroviruses and retroelementsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Computational analysis of single cell RNA-seq data to identify signalling networks underpinning tissue specific macrophage function during development and pathologyDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Definition and validation of the epigenetic landscape of avian craniofacial morphogenesisDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Determining the role of new molecules in activity-dependent bulk endocytosisDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Development of bioorthogonal stimulated Raman scattering microscopy for evaluation of drug biodistributionDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Elucidating the molecular determinants of dominant-negative mutations in protein complexesDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Emergence of functional polarity in a tubular epitheliumDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Engrams and neural circuitry for episodic memoryDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Environmental and genetic risks for disease burden over the canine lifecourseDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Epi-evolutionary modelling of pathogen dynamics using high throughput genomic sequencing data in multi-layer networksDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Establishing drivers for the generation and transmission of antimicrobial resistance in the food chainDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Exploiting large-scale exome sequence data to determine the genetic control of healthy agingDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Identification of interferon stimulated genes that restrict cross-species transmission of influenza A virusDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Identify and improve key cognitive processes affecting decline of memory persistence in early ageingDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Identifying factors which regulate the decreased rate of axon degeneration in neonatal miceDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: In vivo live imaging and multi-omic analysis of pre-neoplastic cell metabolic changeDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Investigating of the roles of the choline-specific phosphodiesterase, ENPP6 in skeletal mineralisation and lipid metabolismDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Making Connections: Building in vitro models of tissue interfaces using 3D bioprinting technologiesDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: MINITAGS: new tools for imaging small proteins with super-resolutionDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Modelling cell state transitions in differentiating embryonic stem cellsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Motile cilia: imaging the dynein motor complexes and motor assemblyDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Neuronal population coding in the visual cortex during the acquisition of a behavioural taskDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Remote sensing, machine learning and biodiversity: facilitating sustainable crop production through improved measurement and monitoring of biodiversity in farmed landscapesDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Sheep, bacteria and breathing: what to expect from the respiratory microbiomeDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Spinal cord repair by endogenous progenitor cellsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Studying African buffalo evolution to map pathogen resistance genesDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Taming the Hippo – revealing fundamental insights into the cellular aging processDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: The evolution of mutation rates across bovid species and the impact of domesticationDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: The influence of intestinal helminths on susceptibility to African trypanosome infectionsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: The role of TRIM25/RNA interactions in innate immune response to influenza A infectionDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Time to hatch and feed: Neuroendocrine mechanisms underpinning behaviour in avian early lifeDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Transcriptomics and Genomics of Brain Development: Identifying GLI3 and DMRTA2 Transcription Factor Target Genes in Regulation of Neural Progenitor ProliferationDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Uncovering the genetic and molecular basis of hair variation and evolutionDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Unravelling the circuit changes mediating the development of episodic memoryDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Using C. elegans and computational modelling to understand the mechanisms governing calcium signalling in the brainDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Using genomics to decipher selection and environmental adaptation in an aquaculture speciesDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Using novel drug discovery platforms to inhibit ENPP enzymes during the calcification processDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Using single cell approaches to interrogate host immunity to pathogensDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: What makes a brain endothelial cell special?Details
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: Quantitative analysis of behavioural recovery after brain injury in larval zebrafish through computational modellingDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP: The role of epigenetic pathways in defining pluripotent stem cell states in the embryo and ES cellsDetails
BBSTRC EASTBIO DTP: Mass spectrometry imaging to evaluate mechanistic lipidomic markers in liver health throughout the life-courseDetails
Blood flow modelling in complex vascular networks: from cancer diagnosis to treatment planningDetails
Chemical tools to investigate 3D promoter structureDetails
Cutting-edge scalable computational tools for the genetic analysis of longitudinal phenotypes to understand disease aetiologyDetails
Fluorescent chemical probes for imaging immune cells in the tumour microenvironmentDetails
Genome-scale inference of causal molecular mechanisms of complex diseases & traitsDetails
How do cancer mutations affect protein complexes?Details
Integrating computational analyses of protein structure, protein interactions and molecular evolution to understand how mutations cause human genetic disease and drive cancerDetails
Investigation of cortical population codes for long-term memoryDetails
P2X7 receptors and renal vascular remodelling in hypertensive kidney diseaseDetails
Pinpointing genetic and epigenetic influences on adiposityDetails
Two pore channel segment 2: a new partner in crime for mTORC1 in pulmonary hypertensionDetails
Uncovering longitudinal trajectories in molecular and clinical population dataDetails
Using synthetic biology to understand how the epigenome is programmed in cancerDetails

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