How to apply
Applications are NOW CLOSED for candidates wishing to join the programme in October 2021. Applications for the 2022 cohort will be accepted from 1 October 2021.
General entry requirements
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.
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.
Given the very broad remit of this programme – from computational modelling to bioethics – and the wide range of expected career paths our students will follow, we warmly encourage candidates from a variety of academic disciplines and interests to apply.
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 middle of your first year on the programme.
Six students recruited each year
The Programme has an intake of six students per year.
We welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences. In particular we would like to encourage students from black and other minority ethnic groups to apply, and are committed to assessing applications without reference to the name, age, gender or nationality of the candidates. Exceptionally, candidates who have 2:2 degrees may also be considered.
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 which is also open to applicants from the UK, EU and the Rest of World.
Fees for all students will be at UK/EU rates and will be funded by the Programme.
International student entry requirements
Find out about country-specific postgraduate entry requirements .
English language proficiency
Please note that 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 join the University of Edinburgh. Details of what is needed can be found on the University website.
However do not need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency when you are applying - it is only required before you can be offered an unconditional place on the Programme in order to meet University of Edinburgh matriculation requirements.
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.
How to apply
- Complete online application form
- Complete online demography form
- Submit supporting documents
- Ensure referees submit references by closing date
Details of the process are given below.
What you need to do
1. Online application form
2. Applicant demography
3. 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
Please submit your supporting documents to the Programme by email:
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 must be returned in pdf format directly by the referees by email.
Please note that a new form will be use for applicants applying to join the programme in October 2022.
Arrangements for candidate interviews
Interviews for students joinign the 2022/23 cohort will likely take place online towards the end of February 2022.
Candidates who are selected for interview will be informed two weeks before the interview date.
If you have any questions about the Programme or about the application process, we are very happy to hear from you. Please contact contact us via the Future Students helpline in the first instance.