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Structure of the PhD Programme

Description of the first year MSc by Research degree and subsequent PhD project for students starting in October 2024.

Year one:  MSc by Research in Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health

In the first year of the Programme, students carry out a MSc by Research degree in Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health.  Students will complete four courses worth 180 credits to complete the Masters programme.  

Research Project in Molecular Biology and Immunology

Research Project in Epidemiology, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology

PhD Project Proposal

Scientific Metholodogies

Rotation projects and teaching

There are two Rotation Project courses in which the students will have the opportunity to undertake  15 week original research projects based in each of the themes – Molecular Biology and Immunology; and Epidemiology, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology.  

Formal teaching sessions in each theme will run from October to February and March to June.

Students will be sent details of the projects available in the month prior to arrival in Edinburgh and will then decide on the first rotation during their first week on the Programme.

The rotation projects will be combined with teaching in each theme which will allow students from a range of different backgrounds to acquire sufficient knowledge to undertake any of the PhD projects offered during years 2 - 4 of the Programme.  

At the end of each Rotation Project, students will write up a report of their work and give an oral presentation of their findings.

In early July, students will select their major research project from a choice offered by potential supervisors, and will spend July-August preparing a mock grant application detailing their chosen project.

The final element of the first year MSc programme is an assessed Scientific Methodologies course which will run throughout the year.

Student in lab

Years two to four:  main PhD research project

During the three main years of study, projects shared between Edinburgh-based supervisors and their international collaborators will provide the opportunity for some students to pursue research projects in a disease endemic setting. 

Projects that link disciplines (for example, evaluating molecular or immunological reagents in an epidemiological study), will also be strongly encouraged.

Programme handbook (secured) (for 2020/21; University of Edinburgh login required)

Trans-skills training

Through all four years of the programme there will also be time set aside for students to take courses offered by the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh and the School of Biological Sciences Graduate Programme. 

These courses will cover such topics as project management, how to write a research paper, to ensure that students are equipped with a wide variety of skills to help them maximise their research potential, and prepare them for a range of different career options.

Institute for Academic Development

School of Biological Sciences Graduate programme