Postgraduate study

Tissue Repair PhD

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Tissue Repair

We are looking to recruit outstanding postgraduate candidates to join our prestigious Wellcome Trust four-year PhD Programme in Tissue Repair. This programme provides cutting edge, cross-disciplinary PhD training which builds on the breath of world-class biomedical research performed at the University of Edinburgh's College for Medicine & Veterinary Medicine. The programme is run by the University of Edinburgh and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Our programme aims to train the next generation of scientific leaders in tissue repair. Successful advancement of tissue repair relies on combining expertise from basic to translational research in areas of regenerative medicine, stem cell biology, neurology, reproductive health, inflammation and cardiovascular science. Such a cross-disciplinary approach will underpin the design of novel cell-and drug-based therapies that stimulate repair of tissues damaged due to disease, trauma or congenital conditions.

Up to seven Tissue Repair PhD studentships are available in September 2019 for promising postgraduate candidates with a strong interest in tissue repair. Studentships include a stipend, tuition fees (at the UK/EU rate) and contributions towards research costs for their rotation and PhD projects. Studentships also provide funds for travel and training, including related to transferable skills and professional development.

The Wellcome Trust Four-year PhD Programme in Tissue Repair provides outstanding postgraduate students with a four-year studentship and with world-class teaching and research training at five cutting-edge Research Centres across Edinburgh Medical School.

The Tissue Repair PhD Programme is a four-year training programme, following the format of six months / three years / six months. During the first six months our students undertake two three-month research projects in the affiliated Research Centres, receive training in a range of practical core skills, attend seminars and contribute to discussion groups and lab meetings.

Following these first six months students choose the topic and primary and secondary PhD supervisor for their three-year PhD research project. Throughout the Programme, students participate in discussion groups and lab meetings and attending seminars by internal and invited speakers at the affiliated Research Centres and further afield. This exposure to the wide range of research associated with tissue repair ensures a comprehensive training. During the last six months of the Programme students focus on writing their thesis and prepare for their final examination.

The Tissue Repair Programme involves 45 Principal Investigators based at five affiliated Research Centres across Edinburgh Medical School, at the Little France Campus in the south of Edinburgh

Tissue Repair PhD Programme students have access to a wide variety of state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment spread across Edinburgh Medical School, as well as a wide range of support facilities and services provided by The University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh Medical School research facilities accessible to Tissue Repair Programme PhD students include:

  • cell handling and culture facilities
  • flow cytometry suites (incl. FACS Aria)
  • imaging suites (incl. high through-put spinning disk confocal platform and high-end multi-functional intra-vital imaging system)
  • in vivo, non-invasive imaging suite (incl. MRI, ultrasound, optical and micro PET/CT)
  • pathogen-free animal and transgenic facilities (including rodents and zebrafish)
  • high-content cell assessment equipment (incl. Operetta and Columbus Imaging systems)
  • physical fabrication equipment (incl. an electrospinner and laser inscription system)
  • raman spectroscopy
  • bioinformatics

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

You may apply for a Tissue Repair studentship in advance of graduating if you expect to obtain this qualification.

The Tissue Repair studentships fall under the Wellcome Trust ‘Four-year PhD Studentships in Science’ scheme, rendering medics and vets ineligible.

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.

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:

Successful applicants are awarded a four-year Tissue Repair studentship, which includes their stipend, PhD tuition fees (at only the UK/EU rate), and contributions towards travel, and research costs for their rotation projects and PhD projects for the duration of their studies. The studentship also provides specific funds which may be used for training, including related to transferable skills and professional development. The programme does not cover the difference between UK/EU fee rate and Overseas fee rate.

Featured funding

Successful applicants are awarded a four-year Tissue Repair Studentship.

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:

  • MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • 5 Little France Drive
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4UU

Applications for 2019 entry are now closed.

Required documents

  • Completed application form
  • Personal statement about your research interests and reasons for applying
  • Up to date CV

Information about applying for a research degree can be found on the University website:

Further information

  • MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • 5 Little France Drive
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4UU