Ph.D. On Campus

Clinical Brain Sciences

The University of Edinburgh

36 months
24700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at The University of Edinburgh integrates laboratory and clinical research to study the causes, consequences and treatment of major brain disorders.


The Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at The University of Edinburgh is located at Edinburgh BioQuarter, next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. However, it also has bases in three other Edinburgh hospital sites.

CCBS subscribes to Edinburgh Medical School’s “One Health” vision. Laboratory scientists, clinical academics and informaticians work alongside one another. This encourages the free-flowing exchange of ideas, an efficient use of clinical data and joint academic/health service delivery.

Research excellence

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Edinburgh was ranked 3rd out of 82 submissions in Neuroscience and the research environment was given the maximum possible score of 100% and classified as ‘world-leading’.


A PhD in Clinical Brain Sciences will provide an excellent springboard for a career in academic or clinical research into all aspects of the brain.

Most of our graduates go on to postdoctoral positions in top academic labs in Scotland and around the world, while others go on to complete clinical academic training.

Graduates who do not wish to pursue an academic career have found employment in industry, for example in:

  • managerial roles at Universities
  • science communication and public engagement
  • charities

Programme Structure

Our major research strengths are:

  • cerebrovascular disease including stroke and small vessel diseases
  • neurodegenerative diseases: multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, dementias
  • neuroimaging
  • psychiatry, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression; autism, neurodiversity and learning disability
  • Prion diseases
  • synaptic biology & disease
  • epilepsy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24700 GBP per year during 36 months.

Home fees have still to be agreed

PhD part-time fees

  • Overseas: £12,350

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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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Clinical Brain Sciences
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