Postgraduate study

Regenerative Medicine

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Programme website: Regenerative Medicine

The MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) is a world leading research centre based at the University of Edinburgh. Together we study stem cells, disease and tissue repair to advance human health.

Our research is aimed at developing new treatments for major diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, and liver failure.

The Centre houses 26 research groups and has a staff of more than 230 scientists, graduate students, support and ancillary staff.

Our work is currently organised into five themes. To promote collaboration within the Centre, we adopt a flexible approach to these themes with each Principal Investigator (PI) having one or more secondary affiliations.

Two themes focus on fundamental research: pluripotency and IPS, and lineage and cell specification.

The other three aim to translate fundamental research discoveries into clinical programmes relevant to brain, blood and liver diseases and to tissue repair.

The Centre has strong collaborative links to other centres within the University, such as the Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research, the MS Centre and the Roslin Institute.

We also invest in technological development in all areas.

Training within the Centre is provided through a structured series of seminars and literature reviews, in addition to the laboratory and scientific skills training imparted to students by their PIs. Generic training in presentation skills, project management and writing skills is delivered through the University of Edinburgh's Institute of Academic Development (IAD).

Since 2011, the Centre has been housed in a new, specially designed building that provides high quality research facilities, including:

  • state of the art centralised cell culture facility for isolation and culture of primary and established cell lines including embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells
  • clinical-grade GMP cell culture facility
  • SPF animal facility
  • transgenic service covering derivation and provision of mouse embryonic stem cells, blastocyst injection, morula aggregation and production of defined genetic alterations
  • ultrasound micro-injection equipment
  • flow cytometry service consisting of cell sorters, MoFlo, FACS Jazz and FACS Aria II that are operated by facility staff and analysers, the LSR Fortessa and FACS Calibur that can be operated by users after completing mandatory training
  • histology
  • imaging facility including standard compound microscopy, confocal, STED super-resolution, high-content and timelapse imaging
  • quantitative real-time PCR
  • Fluidigm Biomark and CellPrep for single cell transcriptomics

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

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): 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

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

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

Find out more about tuition fees and studying costs:

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

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:

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

Further information

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