How to apply
Application are now CLOSED for candidates wishing to join the programme in October 2020. Applications for entry in 2021 will open in autumn 2020.
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.
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.
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, experience 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Closing date for all applications is 12 noon GMT on Thursday 16 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 16 January 2020.
If you have any questions please email the programme administrator (email@example.com).
Arrangements for candidate interviews
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.