Postgraduate study

Integrative Biomedical Sciences (Based in China) PhD

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities


Our vision for this training programme is predicated on the view that a key reason for failures in translation, from fundamental research to the human subject, is the poor understanding that non-clinical biomedical scientists often have about common human disorders and how basic science can be translated.

This programme aims to train non-clinical students to align cutting-edge experimental animal modelling, cellular, regenerative, computational, genetic technologies and analytical tools with comprehensive knowledge of the translational environment. In so doing, it will equip students with the distinct skills required to bridge the knowledge gap between the design, execution and interpretation of fundamental research and the challenges of translating this knowledge in humans.

ZJU-UoE Institute

The ZJU-UoE Institute is a collaboration in the field of biomedical sciences between Zhejiang University and The University of Edinburgh. Together, we have established an international research institute at the International Campus of Zhejiang University in Haining, China, that builds on the existing strengths of our institutions, and aims to foster collaboration in teaching and research.

Study in China

This programme will be taught in English by staff from Zhejiang University, the University of Edinburgh and the Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute (ZJU-UoE Institute). They will be based entirely in Haining, China.

The programme is a dual award (University of Edinburgh and Zhejiang University), 4-year PhD degree programme in Integrative Biomedical Sciences with courses for integrated study. The programme will be delivered, in English, at the Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute (ZJU-UoE Institute) at the Zhejiang International Campus in Haining, Zhejiang, China.

The programme provides a taught component in years 1-3 which aims to benefit the growth and all-round development of our doctoral students. The taught courses include:

Year Course
1 Biomedical Disorders 1
1 Biomedical Research training
1 Grant Application
2 Biomedical Disorders 2
3 Biomedical Disorders 3

During the PhD programme, students will have the opportunity to undertake a number of research projects in different research laboratories and/or translational environments.

The dual award PhD in Integrative Biomedical Sciences is a training programme focused on common human diseases, the goal of which is to advance knowledge, expertise and skills by bridging the gap between fundamental biomedical science discoveries through to translation in humans. By 'Training to Translate', this programme will draw on unique Edinburgh and Zhejiang research strengths in biomedical diseases to achieve this goal.

Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for all aspects of modern biomedical sciences to facilitate their research objectives. These are located at our new International Campus in Haining, China. Extensive collaborations exist with the wider biomedical and clinical communities helping ensure you are supported in a world-class research environment.

Joining a joint UK-China PhD program offers the opportunity to gain research and life experience in the dynamically expanding East Asian biomedical and biotechnology scene - as an insider rather than a tourist.

There is an opportunity to learn the Chinese language and gain entry and insight into China’s ancient rich culture and modern, rapidly developing economy and society.

The 21st century’s centre of economic gravity is shifting eastwards and many research and academic career opportunities are shifting in that direction also. Combining this with strong links to an established global and European research university offers a unique combination of global career opportunities.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biomedical sciences or a related subject. Applicants may hold a masters degree, but this is not a requirement. Applicants will be required to meet additional requirements for visa entry to China.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

There are no Chinese language proficiency requirements for applicants, but 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 with at least 6.0 in each component

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section

  • PTE Academic: total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills sections

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction 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 08/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 08/05/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

This programme is taught at the Zhejiang University International Campus in Haining, China. The fees are therefore presented in RMB.

Students should expect to pay 47,800 RMB per year for their taught programme. There is also a 400 RMB application fee.

Students should also take into account living costs and other expenses.

You will be responsible for securing funding to cover all your tuition fees, additional fees and living costs for the duration of your studies.

  • Zhejiang University, International Campus
  • RM 314, Liberal Arts and Sciences Building
  • 718 East Haizhou Road, Haining
  • Zhejiang province
  • China 314400

Further information

  • Zhejiang University, International Campus
  • RM 314, Liberal Arts and Sciences Building
  • 718 East Haizhou Road, Haining
  • Zhejiang province
  • China 314400