Postgraduate study

Respiratory Medicine

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Our major areas of research interest are:

  • cellular and molecular mechanisms of the resolution and persistence of lung inflammation and scarring
  • mechanisms of acute lung injury in the adult respiratory distress syndrome
  • gene therapeutic approaches to the augmentation of genes that protect against tissue injury in lung inflammation
  • biology of small-cell lung cancer
  • the effects of cigarette smoke, ozone and other pollutants on the lung
  • sleep apnoea
  • applied lung physiology

The unit also offers a number of research opportunities in areas of clinical interest, for example:

  • asthma
  • chronic bronchitis
  • emphysema
  • cystic fibrosis

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language 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

  • 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)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

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:

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:

  • Head of Unit
  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • Queen's Medical Research Institute
  • 47 Little France Crescent
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4TJ

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:

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

Further information

  • Head of Unit
  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • Queen's Medical Research Institute
  • 47 Little France Crescent
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4TJ