Research course

Tissue Repair

University of Edinburgh · School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for our research programmes is an undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK). For some non-UK applicants the entry requirement is a Masters degree. Please check the entry requirements by country. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English: IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each section); TOEFL-iBT: 92 (with at least 20 in all sections); PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections - 'Enabling Skills' section scores are not considered); CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a new 4-year PhD programme in an exciting area of research that aims to investigate the basic mechanisms of tissue repair. This information can then be used to find novel cell- or drug-based therapies to repair tissue that has been damaged due to disease, trauma or congenital conditions.

The programme is based on Edinburgh's unique combination of strengths in different disciplines including stem cells and regenerative medicine, inflammation and fibrosis biology together with a wide range of clearly defined tissue and animal model systems. MRC Centres for Regenerative Medicine, Inflammation Research and Reproductive Health, BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science and the Centre for Neuroregeneration are all involved in this unique multidisciplinary programme.

There is an inexorable rise in the numbers of people with chronic organ dysfunction, due to disease, trauma and genetic conditions. Current therapeutic approaches are focused on reducing further damage rather than promoting repair. Directed tissue repair either by cell- or drug-based therapies is required to complement existing approaches. However, there are no truly drug-based regenerative therapies in the clinic.

Understanding tissue repair and the development of novel tissue repair therapies requires a broad range of strategies combining many different disciplines including stem cell, developmental, regenerative, inflammation and fibrosis biology, disease modelling and bioengineering. This innovative PhD programme aims to develop collaborative cross disciplinary projects that will broaden our understanding of regeneration and repair of a number of organ systems (including liver, brain, blood, cardiovascular and reproduction) and identify ways that these processes can be manipulated in the treatment of diseases.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Helen Carolan-Cullion
+44 (0)131 242 2082