Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

PhD for Scientists

Our PhD projects span the breadth of basic and translational brain sciences.

Why choose CCBS?

The Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences is an internationally recognised multi-disciplinary centre without walls, with Principal Investigators based at one of the University’s biomedical research campuses across the city.

CCBS offers an unrivalled opportunity to contribute to world-class research, get involved in public engagement and benefit from the vibrant postgraduate community and broad range of training opportunities afforded by the University of Edinburgh.

CCBS students are mentored and supported by at least two supervisors and receive long-term guidance from their Thesis Committee. The student reports to this Committee at least once per year, and also makes presentations by poster or oral presentation to the members of CCBS.

Students are encouraged to attend and present at national and international scientific conferences, and are afforded opportunities for training in generic and transferable skills, including the design of experiments, communication skills and report writing.

What our students say

I have enjoyed the time I spent as a PhD student at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences where I developed my research on modeling stroke lesion evolution. I had a rich experience and made life-long friends.

Islem RekikPhD student, 2010-2014


Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships

China Scholarships Council/University of Edinburgh Scholarships

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship

Carnegie/Caledonian PhD Scholarships

A number of schemes linked to CCBS usually advertise PhD projects each year in the Autumn. These include:

See more on the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine PhD studentships page

How to apply

For details of all Neuroscience projects at the University of Edinburgh, with deadlines and how to apply, please visit the Edinburgh Neuroscience portal.

General enquiries can be sent to ccbs-phd@ed.ac.uk

We welcome applications from prospective students who have already obtained funding or are self-funded. Such applicants can apply any time, although they are still subject to the eligibility requirements and interview. It is advisable to contact your potential supervisor before you apply to discuss the project in more detail and your suitability for it.