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4 Year PhD Programme at the world leading – MRC Human Genetics Unit

4 Year PhD Programme at the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine

Applications are invited to join an innovative and exciting MRC funded 4-year multi-disciplinary PhD programme at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

The Institute consists of three leading research centres: MRC Human Genetics Unit, the Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine and the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre. Together these centres integrate scientific expertise across multiple disciplines to address some of the most important research questions in basic and clinical biomedical research. As well as delivering outstanding research, the three institutes create a vibrant scientific community and a friendly research environment rich in both scientific and social opportunities.

Multi-disciplinary Research

The PhD programme harnesses strengths in different research disciplines including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology. For students interested in bioinformatics the program can provide a strong focus on computational biology, based in a new Systems Medicine building, with close links to lab-based research. The Institute also houses state of the art imaging facilities that support many of the research programmes and is a founding member of the Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium which provides next generation imaging instruments. We also benefit from strong links to the newly established Edinburgh Genomics sequencing centre, one of the largest in the UK, that can sequence both large patient cohorts and realise innovative lab-based analyses. Together over 50 principal investigators based in all the centres contribute to this cross-discipline programme spanning fundamental to clinical research.

Programme structure

The IGMM is committed to high quality training, mentorship and research excellence to prepare scientists to tackle the most challenging scientific questions underpinning health and disease. Students will be given opportunities to broaden their scientific interests, explore new research areas and build new collaborations before selecting their own research direction. In the first six months of this programme you will receive core skills training combined with regular tutorial sessions to equip you with the expertise required to be a successful scientist. This is combined with short, student-selected lab rotation projects to enable you to make an informed choice of PhD project. You will then have 3.5 years to complete and write up your PhD research.

4 Year PhD Programme at the world leading – MRC Human Genetics Unit

There are currently around 120 PhD students training across the IGMM creating a thriving postgraduate environment. The postgraduate student community is a vital part of the IGMM and students contribute to life in the institute in multiple ways, including curating events and selecting seminar speakers. Edinburgh also hosts an annual science festival and other related events, allowing students many opportunities to engage with the general public and talk about their research and interests. Edinburgh has often been voted as the UK city offering the highest quality of life and is renowned for its affordability and rich cultural life.


We are only able to offer our funded studentships to UK students, or EU students if they have been studying in the UK for the previous 3 years, working in a related discipline in the UK, or come from a discipline related to maths and physics. International students are encouraged to apply but must be able to fund their own stipend and fees at the overseas rate.

Application procedure

At least 9 studentships with a stipend of £17,350 pa are available in September 2016 for outstanding applicants. Six will be based in the MRC HGU and the remainder in the wider Institute. You should hold at least an upper second class degree or equivalent in a related subject. Applicants should submit a personal statement about your research interests, reasons for applying and a C.V. before 29 January to [email protected]

Applicants must also submit an online application, to our PhD programme via EUCLID following the instructions at https://www.igmm.ed.ac.uk/students/recruitment/. We will not consider applications that have not been submitted to both [email protected] and EUCLID by the closing date.

If you have not heard from us by 5 February you have not been successful (we will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interview on Friday 19 February. General enquiries can be made to: [email protected] and further information and eligibility requirements are available at https://www.igmm.ed.ac.uk/students/recruitment/

4 Year PhD Programme at the world leading – MRC Human Genetics Unit

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