Postgraduate Study

PhD programmes

We offer a range of research areas for study at PhD level.

Our approach ranges from molecules to man, from bench to bedside and from process to population. Our interdisciplinary groups, centres and institutes bring together basic and clinical academic staff in broad, thematic research concentrations encompassing basic sciences, translational and clinical research. 

University Rankings 2019/20

According to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, Edinburgh Medical School is now ranked 2nd in the UK for medicine, while the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is ranked 1st in the UK for the fifth year running. The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked 20th in the world, according to the most recent QS World University rankings.

Funded PhDs

Use the link below to browse our full range of funded PhD degrees and find out how you can study postgraduate medicine, veterinary medicine or life sciences at a world-leading higher education institution. 

Funded PhD Opportunities 2020/21

High calibre graduates are invited to apply for funded PhD opportunities for September 2020 entry across our world-leading research institutes and centres.

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FindAPhD Research Project

Research areas

We offer PhDs in the research areas listed below. Please also read how to apply for a research degree before starting your application. Visit the programme websites below to read more about each research degree and for details of awards offered: