Biological Sciences

How to apply

A successful Graduate School application depends on a series of required steps.

The main deadline for applications to start a PhD in October 2017 has now passed.  Applicants with their own funding will be considered throughout the year.

For PhD applications, please read all the instructions below and follow them carefully.

If you are interested in a one year (MSc by Research) or two year (MPhil) research project, please follow just steps 1 and 2; your supervisor will then advise you on how to apply.

Step 1: Meet our entry requirements

We look for at least a 2.1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject. Typically, candidates have a good understanding of the field they propose to study, and at least some research experience.

Non-UK candidates whose first language is not English will need to provide a certificate of proficiency in the English language in order to take up an offer of a place.

International Student Entry Requirements: we accept the standard entry requirements given on these pages

English Language Requirements

Step 2: Contact supervisor(s)

Carefully study the research profiles of our academic staff as well as our listing of available projects. Email the supervisor(s) you are interested in working with. You can identify a prospective supervisor by using the following links.

Available PhD Projects

Academic Staff Profiles

Please attach a single document which must include: a two page Curriculum Vitae including contact details for two academic referees; a one page statement of research interests. You may also raise any specific questions you have about their research area.

Step 3: Apply online

Make an online application to the appropriate PhD programme(s), just select October 2017 as your likely start date. Please note:

a - name the supervisors and projects you are interested in; you can list up to three. WE WILL NOT PROCESS APPLICATIONS THAT DO NOT NAME A SUPERVISOR AND PROJECT.

b - if you are applying to an advertised project(s), please just enter the supervisor name(s) and project title(s) in both the Research Topic and Research Project sections of the form.

c - Documents uploads:

- when asked for your research proposal, please upload the document sent to the supervisor at step 2. If you are applying to an EASTBIO project, please upload your CV + EASTBIO application form instead.

- please upload your official interim or final transcript/s and degree certificate/s when available.

d - References: you need to tick the box for references to be automatically requested. Note that it is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that references are uploaded. If you are applying to an EASTBIO funded project, your referees must use the EASTBIO reference form. EASTBIO reference forms are accepted by our other studentship funding schemes.

e - Funding information please indicate which potential scholarships/studentships you are applying for, there is no need to provide the address or amount of funding. More information can be found here but if you are unsure just put "School" and your proposed supervisor will consider you for the relevant competitions.


Apply links:

Cell Biology Applications

Evolutionary Biology Applications

Immunology & Infection Research Applications

Molecular Plant Sciences Applications

Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology Applications

Stem Cell Research (Regenerative Medicine) Applications

Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD Programme in Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health Applications

Ker Memorial Studentship Applications

Principal's Career Development Scholarship Funding Application

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship Funding Application

China Scholarships Council/University of Edinburgh Funding Application

Carnegie/Caledonian PhD Scholarship Funding Application

What happens after I apply?

We will contact you if we need any further information to be able to consider your application. Please regularly log in to your EUCLID account to check for any messages from us. If you are shortlisted for a PhD place, we will invite you for interview in person or for a skype/telephone interview if you cannot attend in person. Our initial set of interviews will be in February 2017. We do keep applications on hold while we allocate all our different funding, and so it is possible you will not have a firm decision from us until May 2017. If you wish to enquire about how to complete your application or the status of your application please contact us: .