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Introduction to the programme

This 4-year PhD programme in One Health Models of Disease: Science, Ethics and Society provides unique training in state-of-the-art techniques in the design and application of new ‘One Health’ models of neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, developmental, and infectious diseases of humans and animals.

Applications for entry in October 2024

The application window for entry in October 2024 is NOW CLOSED.  The closing date was Tuesday 16 January 2024 at 12 noon.

About the programme

Find out more about this PhD programme and what we are looking for in successful applicants from directors Ross Fitzgerald and Martyn Pickersgill - presentation and Q&A.

Video: One Health Models of Disease PhD programme info session 29 November 2022
Session for prospective OHMD applicants

The Wellcome Trust programme in One Health Models of Disease:  Science, Ethics and Society combines scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment and transition support for trainees.

Genome editing and animal bioscience

Technological advances in genome editing and animal bioscience have potential for huge societal impact, and are opening up enormous opportunities for the development of novel and innovative models of disease at the cellular, tissue and whole animal scale.

Such models can transform our approach to understanding pathogenesis, facilitating the development of therapies or preventive measures.

Bioethics and social science

Central to the programme, students will receive training in bioethics and social science to allow them to appreciate the ethical and societal implications of these powerful new approaches.

Alongside the main PhD project, this innovative and versatile programme combines core training in relevant experimental techniques, bioethics and social sciences.  There are also options to undertake external internships, depending on the interests of individual students.

Students will be supervised by world-leading life scientists addressing important diseases of humans and animals, and social scientists and bioethicists conducting cutting-edge research into the social and ethical dimensions of 21st century science.


Studying in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a vibrant and stimulating world city. 

Find about more about life as a postgraduate student at the University of Edinburgh

Further information

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.

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