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Cell Biology, Ph.D.

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  • 36 months
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Overview

The Institute of Cell Biology (ICB), including the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, hosts 34 laboratories carrying out world-class research into fundamental mechanisms relating to cellular function. 

The research groups from the Cell Biology programme offered by The University of Edinburgh comprise one of the largest communities of cell biology researchers in the UK. Many of our staff are Fellows of the Royal Society and acknowledged leaders in their field.

Most PhD students who train at the ICB continue with their academic career or join research in the industry, often becoming independent group leaders.

Facilities

The ICB provides an exceptional working environment. The Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology is home to the Central Optical Instrumentation Laboratory (COIL), while image analysis at the boundary of biology and physics is provided through the nearby Collaborative Optical Spectroscopy Micromanipulation & Imaging Centre (COSMIC).

The ICB is proud of its cutting-edge proteomics facility and automated drug-screening platforms that facilitate discovery of new molecules that impact on cellular functions.

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

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

We offer a wide scope of projects covering different areas of cell biology, including:

  • the synthesis, processing, localisation and degradation of RNA
  • epigenetic control of gene expression, chromosome function and genome stability
  • mechanisms of cell growth and duplication
  • the rules that govern cellular architecture
  • biotechnology
  • synthetic biology
  • microbial regulation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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    92

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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 a relevant subject. 
  • You should have some research experience and be able to demonstrate that you have a good understanding of the field you propose to study.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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PhD part-time fees

  • Overseas: £11,750

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

  • School of Biological Sciences PhD funding
  • Research scholarships for international students
  • Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships

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