The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
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Postgraduate Research

The School and the Roslin Institute offer a range of research opportunities for candidates with a first degree in Veterinary Medicine or a relevant biological or animal science.


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We offer a number of studentships each year for research postgraduates.

How to apply

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Guidance on applications for research programmes.

 We welcome enquiries about postgraduate opportunities in all areas of our research. We place particular emphasis on:

  • Improving the health and welfare of domestic animal species
  • Protecting public health
  • Alleviating human poverty in developing countries
  • Infectious disease
  • Animal and functional genetics
  • Developmental biology
  • One Health - animal and human health

You can work on disease problems in each of these areas from the molecular to the animal population level, as clinical problems integrate closely with fundamental biomolecular studies.

Please discuss possible research projects with relevant members of academic staff before applying for a research programme.

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Research degree options

We offer a number of postgraduate research degrees for candidates with a first degree in Veterinary Medicine or a relevant biological or animal science.

The majority of our PhD and MScR places are based at The Roslin Institute with the rest of our postgraduate study by research taking place across the School.

Our research degrees can be studied either full time or part time, and over one to six years. The majority are campus-based, but online opportunities are also possible. Further information and application links to our PhD and MSc by research degrees are available via the following research areas.

Interdisciplinary Centres and research collaborators

Most of our research is carried out within the world famous Roslin Institute, which is incorporated with the R(D)SVS and is the major centre of research at the school.

Our research portfolio also incorporates our interdisciplinary research centre:

Other key research collaborators on campus or nearby include:

Training and support

Students are assigned a supervisory team, and progress is monitored annually by a Thesis committee, which includes an independent external assessor and chair.

In addition to their supervisors, all PhD and MScR students have a support network they can call on.

Students are expected to attend a number of generic training courses offered by the Institute for Academic Development and other providers  and to participate in regular seminars, Journal clubs  and laboratory progress meetings.  Opportunities also exist for students to present their work at national and international congresses.

Students will be encouraged to write-up their data for a peer reviewed publication