Postgraduate study


Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Programme website: Pathology

Members of the Division of Pathology have major research interests in human cancer biology, cell and tissue injury, immunopathology, osteoarthritis and neuropathological disorders.

There is no single site called “pathology”, but academic staff are key members of most of the centres within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, reflecting the collaborative and over arching role of pathology in translational medicine. There are also close links to research and development within adjacent hospitals across Edinburgh.

The Division includes the Edinburgh Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Unit, Scottish Academic Health Sciences Tissue Governance Unit, MRC Sudden Death Brain Bank and CJD Brain bank. Within Edinburgh, there are strong links with clinical colleagues and scientists across the University.

The large diagnostic histopathology service that the division undertakes makes it a favourable environment in which to combine fundamental cell biological and applied clinical studies of human disease.

Details of the research areas and centre affiliations of members of the Division of Pathology can be found on the website:

Students will be registered and supported through the Research Centre their main supervisor is a member of. Students will also be trained in a range of transferable skills such as report writing, project planning and presentation of results delivered through the University's transferable skills programme.

There are excellent facilities for molecular and cell biology, immunology, image analysis and cell culture.

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:

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.

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:

  • MRC Centre for Inflammation Research
  • Queen's Medical Research Institute
  • 47 Little France Crescent
  • Central Campus
  • 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:

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

  • MRC Centre for Inflammation Research
  • Queen's Medical Research Institute
  • 47 Little France Crescent
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4TJ