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PhD One Health Models of Disease

This Wellcome programme combines training in experimental techniques, bioethics and social sciences for human and animal health.

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The new 4-year PhD programme in One Health Models of Disease: Science, Ethics and Society will provide 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.

The programme 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.

Supervisors and projects

The supervisors contributing to the programme are mainly based in the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute, the Centres for Inflammation Research and Cardiovascular Research, and the Usher Institute. Please note that when you apply to join the Programme you are not choosing a supervisor - you will select your PhD project toward the end of your first year in Edinburgh. 

How to apply

Application are now open for candidates wishing to join the programme in October 2020. The closing date for submissions is Thursday 16 January 2020. Please consult the ‘Related links’ section below for further information.

Related links

One Health Models of Disease: Science, Ethics and Society

Supervisors and projects

How to apply