Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

PhD for Doctors

We offer outstanding research training opportunities for ambitious clinical trainees interested in all aspects of academic neurology including neurosurgery, neuropathology, ophthalmology, neuroradiology and psychiatry.

CCBS has an excellent track record in nurturing aspiring academic clinicians to help them obtain clinical fellowships from, for instance, the Wellcome Trust and the MRC.

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

Over a 3-year Clinical Research Fellowship, I gained an excellent insight into all aspects of clinical research under the expert guidance of Professor Joanna Wardlaw, including statistics training, methodology, results analysis and research writing, leading to an MD and multiple academic publications. I also had the invaluable support of several other people in the wider research team, including the MRI, IT, administration and statistics departments.

Gillian PotterMD student in 2008-2011


Edinburgh Clinical Academic Training (ECAT)

The Rowling Scholars scheme

How to apply

Applications are processed through Edinburgh Neuroscience portal.

It is advisable to contact your potential supervisor before you apply to discuss the project in more detail and your suitability for it.

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.