Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarship Programme

Programme description

What can students expect to learn on the Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarship programme.

Build your expertise in stem cell and regenerative medicine

The Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine aspires to educate the next generation of leaders and influencers in regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine seeks to replace or regenerate damaged or diseased cells or organs to restore normal function. This 4-year PhD programme will deliver bespoke, cross-disciplinary training to equip graduates with the skills to drive regenerative medicine’s potential to advance human health.

Students will receive supervision and mentoring from world-renowned experts in stem cell research, regenerative medicine, inflammation research and tissue repair. The programme is hosted at IRR on the site of the Edinburgh bioQuarter, a vibrant environment where scientists and clinicians are working closely together to translate their exciting research into the clinic.

The Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarship programme is a 4-year programme

Martin Lee Doctoral Scholars have 4 years for their PhD training, research and writing. The programme is a PhD with integrated studies, structured as '1+3' years, as follows:

  • In year 1, students complete two research rotations (~12 weeks each), after which they will be involved in developing a detailed research proposal for their chosen topic
  • In years 2-4, students will undertake their PhD research project, allowing ample time for research and the writing of their thesis and any associated manuscripts.

Year one - Foundation training and research rotation projects (180 credits)

Students will undertake core laboratory skills training and will attend a wide range of seminars and journal clubs.  They will receive training in good research practice, scientific reasoning, research ethics and the critical assessment of research papers. Students will carry out two 12-week research projects, selected from a portfolio of interdisciplinary projects, and they will disseminate their findings through written and oral presentations. Assignments are credit bearing, and students need to obtain 180 credits for successful completion of their foundation year. 

Years two to four - PhD research project (540 credits)

After the first year rotation projects, students will select their PhD topic and design a detailed research proposal under the guidance of their supervisor. Projects will span the breadth of research areas at IRR, ranging from fundamental and discovery science to clinical and industrial translation projects.

Become a well-rounded researcher

PhD student working in the laboratory
Become a well-rounded graduate, ready to take on challenging professional roles

Be part of a world-class community

Researcher in a laboratory doing cell culture
Be part of a world-class, vibrant study and research community