Postgraduate study

Edinburgh Medical School: Medicine

About the School

Medicine at Edinburgh can trace its origins back nearly 500 years. Darwin, Simpson and Conan Doyle were students here. For centuries, We have held an international reputation for research and teaching leadership and for improving the health and wellbeing of communities across the globe.

The College’s reputation as one of the world’s leading centres of medical and veterinary medical research has been reaffirmed by its results in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 84% of the College’s research activity rated world leading or internationally excellent (3* and 4*). In terms of ‘one medicine’ research (human and animal medicine), the University of Edinburgh’s research power (quality x volume) is the strongest in the UK. Veterinary Medicine (a joint submission with Scotland’s Rural College) came 1st in the UK, and Neuroscience was ranked 3rd in the UK out of 82 submissions.

The College is an internationally leading force in basic-to-clinical translational research and teaching. We have had a consistent, forty-year strategy of interdisciplinarity. Our approach ranges from molecules to man, from bench to bedside and from process to population. The College’s researchers and students embrace our ‘one medicine’ ethos.

We offer our postgraduate students a dynamic experience. Here you will find world-class research, co-location of research centres to facilitate interdisciplinarity, state-of-the-art facilities, MRC-funded centres, close collaboration with NHS hospitals, all major imaging technologies, clinical trials support and commercialisation training and opportunities.

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We offer a range of options for postgraduate study: from professional qualifications to independent research, on-campus taught programmes to part-time, online study. Find out which graduate study option is right for you: