Research course

Doctor of Medicine

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants must have been engaged since graduation for at least one year either in scientific work bearing directly on the candidate’s profession, or in the practice of Medicine or Surgery, and will perform their work in the South East of Scotland, either employed as a member of staff of the University of Edinburgh; or as an NHS employee or as a research worker employed or self-financed or grant-funded, in the University of Edinburgh or an Associated Institution or an NHS establishment.

You must also have been formally interviewed by the School you wish to enter. Applicants can be interviewed by video-conferencing or Skype.

Applicants must have at least two supervisors who can demonstrate that they have received up-to-date training in postgraduate student supervision and are members of academic staff of the University or honorary members of staff, and have appropriate expertise in research. They will be located in the University of Edinburgh or in NHS facilities within the supervision of the NHS Education for Scotland in the South East of Scotland.

Supporting documentation, including your research proposal, must be uploaded to support your application. You should have this documentation ready before you start the process. If you do not upload your documents this could delay the application process.

Months of entry

July, June, May, April, March

Course content

The MD is a higher degree undertaken by clinically qualified staff normally during their postgraduate medical training. A thesis for the degree of MD must deal with one or more of the subjects of study in the curriculum for the degrees of MBChB or with subjects arising directly from contemporary medical practice.

Research profile

We have interests in:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Clinical Brain Sciences
  • Cognitive and Neural systems
  • Genetics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Inflammation
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Population Health Sciences
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Reproductive Health

Training and support

Generic training in presentation skills, project management and writing skills is delivered through the University's transferable skills programme.


We have excellent facilities on our campuses at the Western General Hospital, Little France and in the Central Area.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to International Students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit:

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Paul Gladwell (Postgraduate Admissions Officer)
+44 (0)131 242 6307