CCNS Application Procedure for PhD Studentships

Key information regarding requirements, deadlines and contacts.
Determining a research topic
Research training towards a PhD is normally provided under the supervision of a principal investigator in the Centre. Applicants are therefore invited to make direct contact in the first instance with the principal investigator whose project they wish to carry out in order to discuss informally the projects available prior to formal application.

Language requirements for foreign students
Overseas students whose first language is not English are required by the University to demonstrate adequate proficiency in English before they are allowed to matriculate and register as a postgraduate student.
The normal way to demonstrate this proficiency is by achieving the required score in either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Centre accepts some alternative English qualifications, such as a degree from a UK university.

Application materials
If you wish to apply for a PhD within the CCNS, please complete provide the following:

  • Full CV
  • Letter of application
  • Two referees' reports - please either include these with your application or ask your referees to send the reports directly to the Centre.

The above are essential to allow us to process your application. You must also have been formally interviewed by the School you wish to enter (for CCNS applicants, this is the School of Biomedical Sciences). Applicants can be interviewed by video-conferencing or SKYPE.

Details of projects for studentships beginning in September 2015 but will be available at the end of November/beginning of December 2015.

Submission of applications

The deadline for applications for studentships beginning in September 2015 will probably be the end of December 2014 or beginning of January 2015.

Submitting an application
Please submit your application directly to the School of Biomedical Sciences.
Electronic applications, along with their supporting documents, can be emailed quoting “CCNS PhD studentship competition” in the subject line.

Applications for PhD studentships should be sent to:

Mrs Anne Aitken
Administrative Secretary
School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Edinburgh
1 George Square
Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 3520
Fax: +44 (0) 131 651 1835

Alternatively, electronic applications (including the above documents) can be emailed to quoting “CCNS PhD studentship competition” in the subject line.