Postgraduate study

Population Health Sciences

Awards: PhD, MScR

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Programme website: Population Health Sciences

The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) supervises postgraduate research students in a wide range of population health disciplines, including epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, health promotion, health services research, medical statistics, molecular epidemiology and sociology and on a wide range of topics including allergic and respiratory disease, clinical trial and statistics methodology, eHealth, ethnicity and health, genetic epidemiology of complex diseases, global health, palliative care and cancer, society and health and families and relationships.

A principal aim is to foster interdisciplinary research involving quantitative and qualitative approaches via effective collaboration with biomedical scientists, epidemiologists, social scientists and clinical researchers throughout the University and beyond.

Prospective students are encouraged to align their research proposal with one of the Centre's main areas of research and with the research interests of academic members of staff who may act as first supervisors.

Postgraduate students will have agreed a set of taught courses with their supervisors at the beginning of the period of study.

These should include generic research-skills training and project-specific courses.

Students are also expected to attend a majority of CPHS seminars.

The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) brings together researchers active in population health science research, including public health and primary care.

Within the school the CPHS academic staff play a large role in research project supervision.

There are also links with the Institute of Genes and Molecular Medicine and the Queen's Medical Research Institute.

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). In most cases, students applying for a PhD will require strong performance on a relevant postgraduate degree (e.g. masters).

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:

Additional costs apply to this programme: £1,000 for research costs.

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:

  • Postgraduate Administrator, Stuart Mallen
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3227
  • Email: cphs.pg@ed.ac.uk
  • Chair, Research Degree Committee, Dr Jackie Price
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3227
  • Email: cphs.pg@ed.ac.uk
  • Centre for Population Health Sciences
  • Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG

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 may 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

  • Postgraduate Administrator, Stuart Mallen
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3227
  • Email: cphs.pg@ed.ac.uk
  • Chair, Research Degree Committee, Dr Jackie Price
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3227
  • Email: cphs.pg@ed.ac.uk
  • Centre for Population Health Sciences
  • Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG