Research course

Stem Cell Research

Institution
University of Edinburgh · School of Biological Sciences
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You should have some research experience and be able to demonstrate that you have a good understanding of the field you propose to study.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry

April

Course content

Our role in the development of stem cell research began in the early 1990s, with researchers at the former Centre for Genome Research producing the subject’s early publications.

We grew into the first stem cell research institute in the UK, and this formed the basis of what is now a world-leading centre for multidisciplinary research in mammalian stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

As a PhD student, you’ll study in a unique environment, thanks to our location within the MRC-funded Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM). This unique cross-disciplinary initiative is aimed at studying the properties and behaviour of stem cells to develop new therapies.

Research groups within SCRM cover a diverse range of areas, exploring the possibilities offered by embryonic, fetal and adult tissue stem cells. Each group focuses on a highly specific aspect of research.

The themes we address include:

  • the properties of stem cells and their niches
  • control of stem cell self-renewal and differentiation in vitro and in vivo
  • the role of stem cells in the ageing process
  • the mechanisms underlying tissue degeneration and repair.

The Centre’s overarching goal is to harness this knowledge to develop new therapies. We attract highly committed and motivated students and reward them with an interdisciplinary research environment that fosters achievement at the highest levels.

Department specialisms

Developmental immunology; embryo stem cell neurogenesis; genome engineering; stem cell bioinformatics

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
Email
gradbiol@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 651 9515