Postgraduate study

Pathway Medicine PhD

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Pathway Medicine

The central goal of the Division of Pathway Medicine (DPM) is to integrate post-genomic science with medicine in order to provide a better understanding of disease processes. This will provide the basis for the development of new medical innovations for the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. To do this the DPM promotes multidisciplinary interactions between science and medicine.

The DPM has two main research themes:

  • Pathway biology of infection and immunity. This involves the study of host-pathogen interaction in immune cells and the modelling of molecular pathways that control immune cell function in health and disease. Techniques and approaches utilised in this theme are also being applied to the study of other disease processes.
  • Biochip medicine in systemic response to disease. This programme involves the development of advanced biochip techniques and platforms for translating genomic and pathway research into clinical healthcare. This is a highly disciplinary approach involving the integration of biological and physical sciences with medicine, engineering and computational science.

The DPM offers leading-edge multidisciplinary PhD training and research in the application of postgenomic technologies and analytical methodologies for the study of disease pathways and processes.

The DPM has regular seminar speakers and hosts a yearly international conference on pathway medicine. Students attend DPM seminars and the generic skills-training programme provided by the life-sciences graduate programme. Students are invited to the annual DPM scientific workshop held at the Firbush Centre in Perthshire.

The DPM fosters an integrative and multidisciplinary approach to disease pathway analysis. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities for high throughput genomic and proteomic studies and biochip applications, including dedicated laboratories for the study of virus-host interactions.

The Division also houses leading bioinformatics and IT infrastructure and expertise for the integrative analysis and modelling of high throughput genomic and proteomic data. Complementing this, the DPM is also leading the development of computational approaches for the construction and modelling of disease pathways.

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:

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
PhDInfection Medicine (Biomedical Sciences)3 YearsFull-timeTuition fees
PhDBiomedical Sciences (Pathway Medicine)3 YearsFull-timeTuition fees
PhDBiomedical Sciences (Pathway Medicine)6 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:

  • Division of Pathway Medicine, The University of Edinburgh Medical School
  • Chancellor's Building
  • 49 Little France Crescent
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4SB

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.

Before making your application, you must make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your research proposal. 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

  • Division of Pathway Medicine, The University of Edinburgh Medical School
  • Chancellor's Building
  • 49 Little France Crescent
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4SB