Postgraduate study

Geriatric Medicine PhD

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Geriatric Medicine

Our research activities and collaborations span preclinical science, experimental medicine and clinical trials, with the focus on the key geriatric syndromes of cognitive impairment, stroke and frailty, each leading causes of morbidity. Our work also encompasses the broader field of healthy ageing.

The research programmes in geriatric medicine have their main bases in three different hospitals:

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

A programme of studies of the effects of use, disuse, ageing, and disease on muscle structure and function. In addition, work continues on the development of case mix adjusted outcome assessment to facilitate increasingly sophisticated comparisons of hip fracture care in different centres.

The Royal Infirmary is also the base for studies investigating the role of fitness training after stroke, the effect of stroke on muscle function and fatigue after stroke, in close collaboration with the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences; and for new studies investigating the role of glucocorticoids in the aetiology of delirium following surgery.

Western General Hospital

A series of collaborations with the IDG in brain ageing and its disorders, the SFC Brain Imaging Research Centre and the MRC Human Genetics Unit, examining factors influencing age-associated changes in cognitive function, including early life influences. There are also studies of the health of older adults with a learning disability.

Borders General Hospital

The base for Scotland’s first comprehensive stroke ascertainment study, which is creating a wide range of research opportunities, in addition to providing information crucial for service planning and development.

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 22/03/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

Applicants are required to apply for and receive external funding in order to undertake this programme.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
PhDGeriatric Medicine3 YearsFull-timeTuition fees
PhDGeriatric Medicine6 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

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  • Little France
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We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit two references with your application.

Further information on making a research degree application can be found on the College website:

You will be formally interviewed (in person, by video-conferencing or Skype).

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Room F1424
  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
  • 51 Little France Crescent
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4SA