Advanced Care Research Centre

How to apply

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

Applications for some of the PhD studentships have re-opened. In order to fill the few remaining places we are currently running a rolling recruitment process, with project adverts staying posted until recruitment is complete. Applications received from 8 May 2021 onwards will be reviewed on a twice weekly basis.

Applications for the following year will open in autumn. Thank you for your interest.


General entry requirements

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

We are looking for 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 and sufficient work experience may be considered.

Typically candidates will already have a good understanding of the field they propose to study.

There is no need to contact a supervisor before applying – the projects are described on the website and on findaPhD.

Candidates can apply for up to 3 projects but must submit separate applications for each. Only one set of supporting documents and references is required.

We welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences. 


Student recruitment fees and stipend

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

The funding is available to applicants from the UK, EU and internationally (non-EU).

A maximum of 3 funded places will be awarded to international students (non-EU).

The funding package includes fees, enhanced stipend, and modest consumables and travel budget.

All students will receive a starting stipend of £16,500 per annum.


International student entry requirements

Find out about country-specific postgraduate entry requirements .

Details of International student 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 

For 2021 entry we 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 from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, 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 your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study. 

Find out more about our language requirements: 

Please email evidence of your English language proficiency to when you apply.


Submitting applications for entry in September 2021

What you need to do

  1. Complete online application form
  2. Complete demography form
  3. Send supporting documents to
  4. Ensure referees send in reference form by closing date

Details for each section are given below.

1. Online application form

Application form

List of the questions on the form

When you submit your application you will receive a confirmation on your screen. You will not receive an email confirmation of your submission. Please take a screen shot of this as evidence of your submission

2. Applicant demography

Demography form

3. Supporting documents required

Standard Curriculum vitae. Your CV should be 4 pages maximum, font size 11 and saved in A4 or US letter. Save in pdf in the format family name first name CV.  

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

Please submit your supporting documents by email to:

4. References

All applicants should give the names of two referees (academic or professional, whichever most appropriate) on their application form.  It is the applicant's responsibility to contact each of their referees and ask the referee to complete and submit the referee form to

The referee forms should be returned in pdf format directly by the referees by email to Please save in pdf in the format family name first name referee name.

2021 ACRC Academy Referee Form (172.95 KB Word)

If you have any questions please email



More information

Information about postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh

Information about the ACRC