Research course

Cell Biology

University of Edinburgh · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

A minimum of a good Honours degree or equivalent. To discuss your PhD proposal, you should identify potential supervisors from the School of Biological Sciences.

Months of entry

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

Course content

The Institute of Cell Biology (ICB), including the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, hosts 32 laboratories carrying world-class research into fundamental mechanisms relating to cellular function. A significant proportion of our research involves systems biology approaches and mathematical modelling.

Our research groups comprise one of the largest communities of cell biology researchers in the UK. Many of our staff are Fellows of the Royal Society and acknowledged leaders in their field.

Most PhD students who train at the ICB continue with their academic career or join research in the industry, often becoming independent group leaders.

Fees and funding

Each institute receives a number of PhD studentships from the UK research councils to support postgraduate study. In addition, there may be funding for specific projects, details of which can be found on the School's website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Programme Admissions
+44 (0) 131 650 7366