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Optical Medical Imaging with Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #20 (QS) ,
The Optical Medical Imaging with Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme offered by The University of Edinburgh brings together world-class research teams in both the clinical and physical sciences in order to address the research theme of Optical Medical Innovations.


The Optical Medical Imaging with Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme offered by The University of Edinburgh trains the next generation of scientific entrepreneurs in healthcare technologies and so we place great emphasis on interdisciplinary projects, commercially relevant training and strong ties to the clinical environment.

Our team of supervisors is of international standing in their respective fields. They have published more than 1300 peer-reviewed papers, are in receipt of research grant income in excess of £110 million, and have supervised more than 300 PhD students.

OPTIMA students can choose from a portfolio of exciting and innovative projects that breakdown the barriers between physics, chemistry, medicine and engineering. Our students use cutting-edge optical technology to address key clinical questions via medical imaging.

In addition to research in the theme of Optical Medical Imaging, all OPTIMA students embark on a bespoke programme of integrated study in Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Unlike other four year programmes, we want the integrated study portion to constantly inform and educate our students throughout their time with us and so the training modules that form the integrated study portion run concurrent with the research over four years. We want our students to understand and appreciate the innovative leaps they are making and be able to capitalise on their discoveries.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

This four-year PhD with integrated study programme combines:

  • excellent research and PhD supervision in world-leading scientific environments
  • a bespoke programme of business training in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biomedical science, chemistry, physics, engineering or a related subject.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22200 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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PhD part-time fees

  • Overseas: £11,100

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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