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Translational Neuroscience, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
We are looking to recruit outstanding postgraduate candidates to join our prestigious Wellcome Trust four-year PhD Programme in Translational Neuroscience at The University of Edinburgh. This is a prestigious, and innovative, research PhD programme that addresses a current global need in the translation of fundamental neuroscience research into the clinic. 
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Overview

By 'Training to Translate' it focusses on the advancement of knowledge, expertise and skills in clinical translation and will draw on unique Edinburgh research strengths in diseases across the life-course to achieve this goal. This programme is run by The University of Edinburgh and funded by The Wellcome Trust.

The Translational Neuroscience programme at The University of Edinburgh will train non-clinical students to combine cutting-edge experimental technology (e.g. cellular, regenerative, computational, genetic, animal models) and analytical tools, with comprehensive knowledge of the clinical brain research environment. By doing so, it will equip students with the distinct skills required to bridge the knowledge gap between the design, execution and interpretation of cellular/animal experiments and the challenges of experimental medicine.

At least six Translational Neuroscience PhD studentships are available in September 2019 for promising postgraduate candidates with a strong interest in translational neuroscience. Studentships include a stipend, tuition fees (at the UK/EU rate) and contributions towards research costs for their rotation and PhD projects. Studentships also provide funds for travel and training, including related to transferable skills and professional development.

Facilities

You will have access to the full array of cutting edge techniques available within the broad Edinburgh Neuroscience community.

In addition, you will have access to, arguably, the UK’s most powerful series of longitudinal and cross-sectional human population cohorts for common brain diseases across the life-course.

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

  • The Translational Neuroscience PhD Programme is a four-year training programme run by the University of Edinburgh and funded by The Wellcome Trust.
  • During year 1 you will undertake three ten-week research projects – one in each life course area (development, adolescence/adulthood, old age/degeneration). Alongside these you will participate in twice-weekly taught and discussion elements on subject areas from across the life course, complementing your mini-projects. This taught element will include visits to clinics to observe patients throughout the life course – from paediatrics to dementia.
  • Towards the end of year one you will develop the PhD project which will form the bulk of your work in years 2,3, and 4. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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.
  • If you have a medical degree you are not eligible to apply unless you are no longer clinically active.

Tuition Fee

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.

Funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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