Study modes: Full-time, Part-time
Programme website: Stem Cell Research
Our role in the development of stem cell research began in the early 1990s, with researchers at the former Centre for Genome Research producing the subject’s early publications.
We grew into the first stem cell research institute in the UK, and this formed the basis of what is now a world-leading centre for multidisciplinary research in mammalian stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.
As a PhD student, you’ll study in a unique environment, thanks to our location within the MRC-funded Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM). This unique cross-disciplinary initiative is aimed at studying the properties and behaviour of stem cells to develop new therapies.
Research groups within SCRM cover a diverse range of areas, exploring the possibilities offered by embryonic, fetal and adult tissue stem cells. Each group focuses on a highly specific aspect of research.
The themes we address include:
The Centre’s overarching goal is to harness this knowledge to develop new therapies. We attract highly committed and motivated students and reward them with an interdisciplinary research environment that fosters achievement at the highest levels.
Training within the Centre is provided through a series of structured seminars and literature reviews, in addition to the laboratory and scientific skills training imparted to students by their PIs.
Generic training in presentation skills, project management and writing skills is delivered through the University of Edinburgh's Institute of Academic Development (IAD):
Since 2011, SCRM has been housed in a spectacular, specially designed building that provides high quality research facilities, including:
Your colleagues will include members of the University’s College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine who can provide a clinical perspective and, as you’ll be located a stone’s throw from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, you’ll also have access to hospital facilities and practising clinicians.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You should have some research experience and be able to demonstrate that you have a good understanding of the field you propose to study.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Find out more about our language requirements:
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.
For detailed information on fee status, policies and payment see:
Most laboratories require a bench fee of up to £2,000 per year. This cost can be covered in Research Council studentships.
Select your programme and preferred start date to begin 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.
You must submit two references with your application.
To discuss your PhD proposal, you should identify potential supervisors from the School of Biological Sciences.
Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes: