Research course

Genomic and Experimental Medicine

Institution
University of Edinburgh · Medical Genetics
Qualifications
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

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 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions 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.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The University of Edinburgh Centre for Genomics and Experimental Medicine (CGEM) is part of the MRC / University of Edinburgh Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM). CGEM’s mission is to use genetics and genomics to understand the mechanisms of disease and design novel intervention strategies. Our research has consistently obtained the highest possible ranking in national assessments of research excellence.

We undertake detailed studies of populations, families and individuals to study a wide range of health related conditions. We use state-of-the-art genetic, epigenetic, genomic, statistical, bioinformatic, biological and molecular approaches in model systems and clinical studies for systematic investigation of disease aetiology. With this knowledge, we aim to improve disease prediction, prevention and prognosis. Our translational agenda encompasses the development of new medicines and genetically-informed use of existing medicines in clinical trials.

Training and support

CGEM offers an exceptional, well-managed and well-equipped laboratory environment for cutting edge research and research training. Within CGEM there are ~25, and within the IGMM over a hundred, PhD students, overseen by a well-established Graduate School structure.

Training sessions for PhD students are available in a wide variety of topics. These include: good research practice; experimental design; data analysis and statistics; student-supervisor working relationships; research ethics and assessment mechanisms, as well as lectures/workshops on specific wet and dry laboratory techniques.

There is a Postgraduate Studies Committee (PGSC) which is responsible for student training and assessment. Its role is to develop and implement guidelines for optimal student training, and to ensure best practice in monitoring and assessment. Assessments are carried out by carefully selected thesis committees, who remain with the student throughout their PhD. The committees consist of the Supervisors, an External Member (with expertise relevant to the student’s project) and an experienced Chair. The students also have a thriving postgrad society which runs career talks, social events and an annual scientific retreat.

Facilities

A principal aim of both CGEM and the IGMM is develop fully integrated, multi-disciplinary research programmes across the whole spectrum of basic, clinical and translational research. We have state of the art imaging, DNA sequencing and drug discovery units, a bioinformatics service and excellent lab facilities.

Department specialisms

We undertake detailed studies of populations, families and individuals to study a wide range of health related conditions. We use state-of-the-art genetic, epigenetic, genomic, statistical, bioinformatic, biological and molecular approaches in model systems and clinical studies for systematic investigation of disease aetiology. With this knowledge, we aim to improve disease prediction, prevention and prognosis. Our translational agenda encompasses the development of new medicines and genetically-informed use of existing medicines in clinical trials.

Information for international students

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
4195
International students
19100

Funded PhD studentships in CGEM are advertised on www.findaphd.com. These are generally restricted to EU nationals, but we welcome applications from overseas students who have secured funding from other sources.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Pauline McDonald
Email
Pauline.McDonald@igmm.ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 651 5771