Research course


University of Edinburgh · School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health

Entry requirements

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

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Members of the Division of Pathology have major research interests in human cancer biology, cell and tissue injury, immunopathology, osteoarthritis and neuropathological disorders.

There is no single site called “pathology”, but academic staff are key members of most of the centres within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, reflecting the collaborative and over arching role of pathology in translational medicine. There are also close links to research and development within adjacent hospitals across Edinburgh.

The Division includes the Edinburgh Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Unit, Scottish Academic Health Sciences Tissue Governance Unit, MRC Sudden Death Brain Bank and CJD Brain bank. Within Edinburgh, there are strong links with clinical colleagues and scientists across the University.

The large diagnostic histopathology service that the division undertakes makes it a favourable environment in which to combine fundamental cell biological and applied clinical studies of human disease.

Department specialisms

Cell and Tissue Injury; Neuropathological Disorders; Cancer Biology

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Professor Sarah Howie
+44 (0) 131 242 6579