A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological, chemical or physical sciences.
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 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
- PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
- CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass 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.
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.
Months of entry
This one-year, full time programme provides an excellent grounding for PhD or other academic study in the Biomedical Sciences. You will learn valuable research skills, biomedical laboratory techniques and a wide range of other transferable skills that will give you an advantage for the rest of your career. You can also choose two themes that best suit your interests and career goals.
The programme includes seminars, taught modules and two research projects in our world-recognised research laboratories. We will also cover a range of valuable transferable skills including critical analysis of research papers, learning how to write a project grant application and literature review, and data presentation and statistical analysis.
The programme includes core skills, seminars, taught modules and laboratory projects in our well-resourced laboratories which are at the cutting-edge of Biomedical research.
Students will carry out two 20-week long research projects selected from the themes available. An assessed research proposal is also required for the second project.
Project 1 (September to February)
- Cardiovascular Biology
- Cell Communication
- Genomics & Biological Pathways
- Mechanisms of Inflammatory Disease
- Reproductive Science 1
- Infectious Diseases
- Stem Cells, Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine - new theme for September 2017
Project 2 (April to August)
- Biomedical Imaging
- Genes & Disease
- Genomic Technologies
- Molecular & Cellular Mechanism of Inflammation
- Reproductive Science 2
- Cancer Biology
Students may also be able to undertake projects in (a) Integrative Neuroscience or (b) Biological Architecture, with the permission of the Programme Director.
Students are also required to attend the taught element of another theme as appropriate.
In March, students submit a research proposal based on the work to be performed for Project 2. This takes the form of a grant application, as would be prepared for a research organisation, and is assessed.
Career opportunities and 'Follow-on PhDs'
This programme is an excellent stepping-stone to a PhD, or a career in Biomedical research or industry.
In addition, every year there are vacancies for PhD studentships in the School of Biomedical Sciences and staff are always on the lookout for the outstanding postgraduate students who are on this Programme to encourage them to apply.
Fees and funding
Further information on available funding can be found on the University website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Sara Tait - Programme Adminstrator
- +44 (0)131 651 5997