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Biomedical Sciences (Based in China) PhD

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time

This four year programme provides an exciting and unique opportunity for interdisciplinary research training and development within the field of Biomedical Sciences and Bioinformatics.

You will contribute to the development of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention in state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities at Zhejiang University’s new International Campus in Haining, China.

The programme focuses on integrating basic research and applied research to further understand human health and disease to address current global health challenges.

Research projects

Research projects will be developed to advance knowledge, expertise and skills ranging from biomedical science discovery to application of biomedical technologies for research translation in humans.

Research Projects will be themed from across five main research areas:

  • Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cells
  • Inflammation & Immunology
  • Infection & Molecular Medicine
  • Neuroscience, Cancer & Oncology
  • Biomedical Informatics

Study is by supervised research. Individual students are integrated within their supervisor’s research group and participate fully in activities such as journal clubs, group meetings and seminar programmes.

You will be expected to complete a piece of original research, directed towards solving important, novel and open questions that contribute to our understanding of human health and disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

You will join the expanding postgraduate international student community at the Zhejiang-Edinburgh Institute (ZJE) on the Zhejiang University International Campus in Haining, China.

You will have access to local student services at the ZJE Institute and on the International campus and University of Edinburgh online student services.

You will carry out your studies within a research group under the supervision of an academic staff member (your ‘principal’ supervisor). The principal supervisor will normally be a member of the ZJE faculty.

Thesis committee

You will also be assigned a personal PhD thesis committee. This comprises:

  • your principal supervisor
  • an assistant supervisor from the University of Edinburgh
  • a thesis committee chair

The committee provides advice and mentoring, and monitor progress. Supervisors maintain the highest standards of research training with a strong research output in leading international journals.

Courses and seminars

You will have the opportunity of participating in relevant taught courses either on campus or online as appropriate.

You will also attend research seminars and can attend online research skills training courses provided by the Institute of Academic Development at University of Edinburgh.

Postgraduates also have the opportunity to act as demonstrators for undergraduate teaching.

Presenting your findings

All students are encouraged to present their findings at national and international conferences and to publish their findings in international journals, in advance of submission of their PhD theses for examination.

You will 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 students are supported in a world-class research environment.

The programme prepares you for a career in related research, industry and healthcare sectors.

You will gain advanced skills transferable to a broad range of careers in:

  • research methodologies & data management
  • strategy, project planning and management
  • ethics and research integrity

These entry requirements are for the 2024/25 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2025/26 academic year will be published on 1 Oct 2024.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You should have some research experience and be able to demonstrate that you have a good understanding of the field you propose to study.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

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

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. We do not accept IELTS One Skill Retake to meet our English language requirements.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 169 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 59 in each component.

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, Trinity ISE or PTE, 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 (non-MESC).

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than five years old* at the beginning of your programme of study. (*Revised 05 March 2024 to extend degree validity to five years.)

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.

Tuition fees

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
PhDBiomedical Sciences3 YearsFull-timeTuition fees

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
  • Chancellors Building
  • Easter Bush
  • 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.

You must submit two references with your application.

Before making your application, you must make contact with a potential supervisor at the Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute (ZJE) to discuss your research proposal or area of research.

Potential supervisors should be identified from the list of Principal Investigators on the Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute (ZJE) 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

  • Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
  • Chancellors Building
  • Easter Bush
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4SB