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Pathway Medicine PhD, MPhil, MScR

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PhD Biomedical Sciences (Pathway Medicine) - 3 Years (Full-time)
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PhD Biomedical Sciences (Pathway Medicine) - 6 Years (Part-time)
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MPhil Biomedical Sciences (Pathway Medicine) - 2 Years (Full-time)
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MSc by Research Biomedical Sciences (Pathway Medicine) - 1 Year (Full-time)
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MSc by Research Biomedical Sciences (Pathway Medicine) - 2 Years (Part-time)
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Contact information
Dr Douglas Roy
Phone: +44 (0)131 242 6279
Email: douglas.roy@ed.ac.uk
Address: Division of Pathway Medicine, The University of Edinburgh Medical School
Chancellor's Building
49 Little France Crescent
Little France
Edinburgh
EH16 4SB

The central goal of the Division of Pathway Medicine (DPM) is to integrate post-genomic science with medicine in order to provide a better understanding of disease processes. This will provide the basis for the development of new medical innovations for the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. To do this the DPM promotes multidisciplinary interactions between science and medicine.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for our research programmes is an undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK). For some non-UK applicants the entry requirement is a Masters degree. Please check the entry requirements by country.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each section)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: 92 (with at least 20 in all sections)
  • PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections - 'Enabling Skills' section scores are not considered)
  • CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

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Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.

How to apply

You must submit two references with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

Applicants must be formally interviewed by the relevant School. Interviews can be conducted by video-conferencing or Skype.

Supporting documentation must be uploaded to support your application. You should have this documentation ready before you start the process. If you do not upload your documents this could delay the application process.

Before making your application, you must make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your research proposal. Further information on making a research degree application can be found below.

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Research profile

The DPM has two main research themes:

  • Pathway biology of infection and immunity. This involves the study of host-pathogen interaction in immune cells and the modelling of molecular pathways that control immune cell function in health and disease. Techniques and approaches utilised in this theme are also being applied to the study of other disease processes.
  • Biochip medicine in systemic response to disease. This programme involves the development of advanced biochip techniques and platforms for translating genomic and pathway research into clinical healthcare. This is a highly disciplinary approach involving the integration of biological and physical sciences with medicine, engineering and computational science.

Training and support

The DPM offers leading-edge multidisciplinary PhD training and research in the application of postgenomic technologies and analytical methodologies for the study of disease pathways and processes.

The DPM has regular seminar speakers and hosts a yearly international conference on pathway medicine. Students attend DPM seminars and the generic skills-training programme provided by the life-sciences graduate programme. Students are invited to the annual DPM scientific workshop held at the Firbush Centre in Perthshire.

Facilities

The DPM fosters an integrative and multidisciplinary approach to disease pathway analysis. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities for high throughput genomic and proteomic studies and biochip applications, including dedicated laboratories for the study of virus-host interactions.

The Division also houses leading bioinformatics and IT infrastructure and expertise for the integrative analysis and modelling of high throughput genomic and proteomic data. Complementing this, the DPM is also leading the development of computational approaches for the construction and modelling of disease pathways.

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