Postgraduate study

Child Life & Health

Awards: PhD, MScR

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Programme website: Child Life & Health

Child Life and Health (CLAH) conducts research in paediatric and adolescent medicine.

We seek to foster and deliver internationally leading research and training into the causes, consequences and management of childhood onset diseases as well as optimising the healthy development of children and young people.

Our main areas of research include:

  • brain and acute injury
  • brain and handicap
  • cancer and late effects
  • gastroenterology and nutrition
  • growth and endocrinology
  • immunology of respiratory viral infections
  • asthma and allergy
  • surgery

We collaborate with National Health Service (NHS) researchers including the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health and Community Paediatrics, Lothian Primary Care Trust and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. We also have ongoing collaborations within the University of Edinburgh with embedded researchers in the Queens Medical Research Institute, Chancellors Buildings and the Centre for Genomics and Experimental Medicine.

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 Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the 'Enabling Skills' sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

Find out more about our language requirements:

For detailed information on fee status, policies and payment see:

You will be responsible for securing funding to cover all your tuition fees, additional fees and living costs for the duration of your studies. For guidelines on living costs see:

  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • 20 Sylvan Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 1UW

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.

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 on the College website:

You will be formally interviewed (in person, by video-conferencing or Skype).

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • 20 Sylvan Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 1UW