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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 2017 entry across our world-leading research institutes, centres and doctoral training programmes:

  • Cardiovascular Science
  • Clinical Brain Sciences
  • Cognitive and Neural Systems
  • Edinburgh Neuroscience
  • Inflammation Research
  • Integrative Physiology
  • Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine
    • MRC Human Genetics Unit
    • Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre
    • Centre for Genomics and Experimental Medicine
  • Neuroregeneration
  • Precision Medicine (Doctoral Training Programme)
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Reproductive Health
  • Roslin Institute
  • Tissue Repair (Doctoral Training Programme)
  • Translational Neuroscience (Doctoral Training Programme)
  • Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics
    • Centre for Global Health Research
    • Centre for Medical Informatics
    • Centre for Population Health Sciences
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 2017 - we usually start accepting applications for these funded PhDs in November/December. Please visit each Research Centre or DTP website (listed above) and live PhD projects (listed below) for specific deadlines.

Visit our website for more information.

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

PhD Projects

Adipose hypoxia signalling and lipid burning in obesityDetails
AMPK deficiency and respiratory diseaseDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO CASE - Rapid mobile sequencing and bioinformatics for foot-and-mouth disease in endemic settingsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO CASE - Transcriptomic analysis of pigs with altered NF-KB signallingDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO CASE - Using novel imaging techniques to discover new calcification pathways in the vasculatureDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE - Identification of host factors involved in PRRSV infection using genome-scale CRISPR knock-outDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE - The ubiquitously expressed thioesterase Ppt1 is critical for lysosome function and is associated with neurodegenerative disease - but what else does it do and where?Details
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Analysis of PI3K dependent Control of Immunosenescence in the NeutrophilDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Developing novel technologies to biobank rare poultry breedsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Development of pluripotent cell lines from Livestock, and animal models for pharmacology/toxicology applicationsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Identification of genes affecting resistance to Salmonid Alphavirus in farmed Atlantic salmonDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Synthetic-interferon mimetics as potential cross-species therapeuticsDetails
BBSRC EASTBIO DTP CASE: Advanced bioinformatics tools and pipelines for the next-generation of microbiome analysisDetails
Data analytics for the value appraisal of personalised healthcare technology in South East ScotlandDetails
Exploiting Developments in Digital Health to Improve Asthma OutcomesDetails
Nanojunctions of the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Deliver Site- and Function-specific Calcium Signalling in Vascular Smooth MusclesDetails
Single cell genomic characterization of tumor microenvironmentDetails
The role of transcription factor Pax6 in determining glutamatergic versus GABAergic cell fate in developing mammalian cerebral cortexDetails

4 Year PhD Opportunities

BHF Four Year PhD ProgrammeDetails

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