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How to apply

Applications for entry to the Programme in October 2020 closed on 14 January 2020. We will inform those candidates selected for interview by mid-Feburary 2020. We will be recruiting students for entry in 2021 later this year. Find out about entry requirements and eligibility, and the online application process.

Applications for entry in October 2020 NOW CLOSED

Please note that applications for entry in October 2020 are now closed and we are unable to accept any further submissions. 

General entry requirements

Please note

This is a basic science programme.   Applicants who are carrying out medical or veterinary training, or who intend to return to clinical practice after completing their PhD, are not eligible to apply. 

All students must meet our entry requirements.

We are looking for candidates who have (or who expected to be awarded), at least a good 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject. 

Typically candidates will already have a good understanding of the field they propose to study, and at least some hands-on research experience.

There is no need to contact a supervisor before applying – the projects described on the website are to give you an idea of the type of work you may be able to undertake with supervisors once you select your PhD project toward the end of your first year on the programme.

Six students recruited each year

The Programme has an intake of six students per year.

Five places will be fully funded by the Wellcome Trust and are open to applicants from the UK, EU and the Rest of World.

In addition a sixth fully funded scholarship will be awarded by the University of Edinburgh to a nominee from one of the nine partners in the Tackling Infection to Benefit Africa Global Health unit.

TIBA Partnership website

Enquiries should be directed to the TIBA secretariat.

Email TIBA Secretariat

All University fees will be covered for successful students, regardless of country of citizenship.

International student entry requirements

Find out about country-specific postgraduate entry requirements .

Details of International student entry requirements

English language proficiency

All non-UK candidates whose first language is not English must provide a certificate of proficiency in the English Language before they are able to matriculate at the University of Edinburgh.

English language requirements

Please note that it is only necessary to provide evidence of English language proficiency when you are offered a place on the Programme in order to meet University of Edinburgh matriculation requirements - it is not required at the time of application.

Generous stipend

All students will receive a generous starting stipend of £19,919 per annum, plus travel and research funds for all four years of the Programme.  All University fees will be covered, regardless of country of citizenship.

Submitting applications for entry in October 2020

Closing date

Closing date for all applications was 12 noon on Tuesday 14 January 2020.

Applications submitted late or in the wrong format cannot be accepted.

Online application form

Supporting documents required

Standard Curriculum vitae

Academic transcripts of first degree courses (and second degree if applicable) - all transcripts should be provided in English, or with official translation if necessary

Copies of degree certificates with final classification - an official translation should be provided if necessary

Submission of supporting documents

Please submit your supporting documents by email to wt-hpgh@ed.ac.uk. 


All applicants should give the names of two academic referees on their application form.  It is the applicant's responsibility to contact each of their referees and ask them to complete and submit the referee form.

The referee forms should be returned in pdf format directly by the referees by email to wt-hpgh@ed.ac.uk by 12 noon on Tuesday 14 January 2020.

Download referee form below.


If you have any questions please email Hilary Snaith (wt-hpgh@ed.ac.uk).

Arrangements for candidate interviews

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 2 and 3 March 2020.

Successful candidates who are selected for interview will be informed two weeks before the interview date.

All candidates from within the UK and Europe are expected to travel to Edinburgh for interview if possible; reasonable travel expenses will be covered by the University of Edinburgh. 

Candidates from further afield will be interviewed by Skype.

More information

Information about postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh