Postgraduate study

Global Health

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Programme website: Global Health

Undertaking a PhD in Global health at the University of Edinburgh offers you the opportunity to work in a multi- and interdisciplinary way, building on your knowledge, skills, interest and passion to carry out innovative global health research that makes a new contribution to the existing knowledge base.

There are many opportunities to study: if you are interested in a PhD in Global Health write to us with your idea and we will endeavour to match you with potential centres of excellence and supervisors.

Many activities relevant to the Global Health PhD programme are integrated alongside the research activities of the Centre for Population Health Sciences.

Research priorities

We have many research priorities, including such global health issues as:

  • mapping and measuring the shifting burden of global disease
  • neglected and emerging tropical diseases
  • infectious diseases
  • noncommunicable diseases
  • global palliative care
  • population health
  • social inequalities in health
  • sexual and reproductive health
  • e-health and tele-medicine
  • migration and minority ethnic health
  • culture
  • faith and health
  • translation of leading scientific advances into effective interventions

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

*Global Health Academy

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 relevant research meetings, and CHS and section seminars within their School/Centre.

The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS), where many Global Health PhD students are based, brings together researchers active in population health science research, including public health and primary care.

CPHS academic staff play a large role in Global Health research project supervision in the School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences.

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). 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:

  • 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.

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

  • Centre for Population Health Sciences
  • Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG