Science & Techonology - Opportunities for Life Sciences, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #41 ,
The Innogen centre is making global impact on life science innovation. The centre’s researchers collaborate with partners around the world to shape policy and practice at regional, national and international levels. Innogen is a part of the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies subject group in the School of Social and Political Science (SPS) at the University of Edinburgh.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The life sciences and biotechnology are transforming healthcare and agricultural
production. They offer one of the most important platforms for economic growth
and global competitiveness in the 21st century. Innogen researchers study innovation in the life sciences and biotechnology, and its social impact. They work beyond disciplinary and geographic boundaries to connect people and find solutions to real world challenges in global health, food and energy security, the environment and the economy.

Doctoral students based at Innogen:
Receive cutting-edge research training, mentorship and internship opportunities
Acquire skills to analyse and assess innovation in the life sciences
Learn methods to articulate and address social challenges created by life science and biotechnology innovation
Develop new frameworks to conceptualise and anticipate future challenges

Innogen's Core Research Programmes:

1) Food and energy security

2) 21st century bioeconomy
3) Governance and regulation
4) Global health

Visit the Innogen's website (see link below) to view staff profiles and find information about further areas of supervision.


Innogen is a recognised ESRC outlet for 1+3 and +3 PhDs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

Students begin with a programme of coursework that combines training in
research methods with courses specific to their needs. A full research proposal for
examination is submitted in the first year, followed by supervised research leading to
the production of a PhD thesis. Students who have a background in Science and
Technology Studies or other relevant disciplines may be accepted directly into our PhD programme, however most students will first be required to do a 1-year foundational MSc by Research in Science and Technology Studies.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class honours degree (2.i), or an undergraduate degree at an equivalent level, in one of the disciplinary areas represented in the degree. The International Office provide further
information, by country, on what is considered equivalent to a UK 2.i qualification. Go to, select your country from the list provided and follow the links to Postgraduate Entry.

Tuition Fee


There is an extensive list of scholarships available from the University of Edinburgh,
both general and country-specific. Funding is also available from other sources,
including the ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in the area of Science,
Technology and Innovation Studies.

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