IGMM Graduate School
Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine Graduate School

Current PhD opportunities

Information on available funded PhD positions in the IGMM and how to apply.

At present, the MRC IGMM has more than 120 PhD students at various stages of their studies and presents a fantastic opportunity for highly motivated and talented individuals to embark on their career in research.

The Institute offers a number of funded PhD opportunities on our MRC HGU, CRUK Edinburgh Centre and ESRIC programmes which are typically advertised between the months of November-January.

We also have a number of self-funded and externally-funded PhD students on site, which contribute to this thriving student community.

Please check back soon for further exciting opportunities!


MSc by Research Applications -

Important, please read before emailing any academic enquiries:

The MSc by Research in Genetics and Molecular Medicine, MSc by Research in Genomics and Experimental Medicine and MSc by Research in CRUK Edinburgh Centre are all research only degrees. They consist of a one year (or two year part-time) research project in a specific lab in the IGMM (encompassing CGEM, CRUK Edinburgh Centre and MRC HGU) with no taught component. We can not consider applications unless you have already identified a suitable supervisor for your MSc, and they have agreed to take you on. You should also have discussed with them and agreed on any bench fees. There is no need to provide a research proposal on EUCLID. If you do have a query about your application, please state the name of your proposed supervisor and whether they have agreed in principle to accept you.

 4 year PhD at the MRC Human Genetics Unit

The MRC Human Genetics Unit offers a competitive 4 year PhD programme built around a set of core principles

  • excellent molecular and computational skills
  • quantitative and analytical expertise and
  • interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary or translational experience

The MRC Human Genetics Unit provides an outstanding training environment with state of the art facilities, overseen by a well-established Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine Graduate School.

We will advertise the next round of recruitment in November 2017 but if you have any questions please contact the Director of Graduate Studies - Nick.Gilbert@ed.ac.uk

Please check back soon to become a part of this exciting PhD programme!

Cancer Research UK studentships

Available  Studentships for 2018 will be advertised in December 2017

The studentships are advertised annually, for a September start by registering for their degree with the University of Edinburgh.

Upon registering for a PhD, students become part of our wider IGMM Graduate School - a framework that provides full suport for postgraduate students from the three IGMM buildings (CRUK Edinburgh Centre, MRC HGUCGEM). It also offers students an opportunity to connect with the wider multidisciplinary student community at the IGMM.