Advanced Care Research Centre

How to apply

Listed information on how to apply to the Advanced Care Research Centre Academy PhD cohort.

Applications for the Advanced Care Research Centre 2022 doctoral cohort are now open. We plan to recruit around twelve research students.  We will begin interviews for September 2022 entry in January 2022 and will thereafter consider applications on a rolling basis until all places are filled. The programme of study and research will begin in September 2022.

Integrated Study in Advanced Care PhD with Integrated Study | The University of Edinburgh

General entry requirements

We seek candidates who have (or who expected to be awarded) at least a 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject. Candidates with a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) and sufficient relevant work experience at a suitable level may be considered.

Applications will only be considered from those prospective students who can effectively demonstrate their interest in research to address the societal challenge of care for those in later life.

Typically, candidates will already have a good understanding of the general field of their chosen research topic.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss the project/s of most interest with a supervisor prior to submitting their application. The full range of project descriptions is available on the Academy website and on FindaPhD.

In your application, please specify the title of the specific project for which you wish to apply.


Student recruitment fees and stipend

The ACRC Academy Programme has funding for an intake of twelve students per year.

Funding is available to applicants from the UK, EU and the rest of the world. However, a maximum of 4 funded places per annum will be awarded to international students (non-UK).

The funding package covers fees, enhanced stipend, plus a modest budget for consumables and project-related travel.

All successful applicants will receive a starting stipend of £16,748 per annum (2022 rate).


International student entry requirements

Find out here about country-specific postgraduate entry requirements –

Details of International student entry requirements


English language requirements 

Applicants must demonstrate English language competency at a level that will enable them to succeed in their studies, regardless of nationality or country of residence. 


English language tests 

For 2022  entry the University of Edinburgh will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified: 

  • IELTS/Academic IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module) 
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements 
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module) 
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components 

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old on the start date of the programme to which you are applying (September 2022), unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL 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, to be accepted as proof of competency in English language, your degree must have been awarded no more than three and a half years before the beginning of your programme of study (September 2022) at the ACRC Academy. 


Find out more about our language requirements: 

Applications may be submitted with proof of English language proficiency included or to follow later. In the latter case any offer of a place will be conditional upon proof of English language proficiency. The offer will be valid for a maximum of 28 days. Proof of English language proficiency as defined above must be received within that period.

If proof of English language proficiency is received within that time the offer will convert to unconditional. Otherwise the offer will be immediately and permanently withdrawn.


Submitting applications for entry in September 2022

What you need to do

1. Apply via the University of Edinburgh’s degree finder, uploading supporting documents as required.

2. Supporting documents

 Standard Curriculum vitae. Once you have submitted your application we will create an option to upload a Curriculum Vitae and send you a request to do so. Your CV should be written in a mainstream font (such as Arial or Calibri), font size 11, 4 pages maximum length (A4 or US letter), saved in pdf format using the following filename format “Family name First name CV.pdf”  

Academic transcripts of first degree courses (and second degree if applicable) - all transcripts should be provided in English, or with official translation if necessary.

Copies of degree certificates with final classification - an official translation should be provided if necessary.

3. References

When you submit your application, the University will email each of your referees and advise them how to upload your references. It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees send their reference form directly to us to arrive no later than the specified closing date.



More information

Information about postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh

Information about the ACRC