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Clinical Brain Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (CCBS; Director Professor Siddharthan Chandran) at The University of Edinburgh integrates laboratory and clinical research to study the causes, consequences and treatment of major brain disorders.
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Overview

Research

Anchored in the Edinburgh Bioquarter at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and with bases at three other Edinburgh hospital sites, the Clinical Brain Sciences centre subscribes to The University of Edinburgh Medical School’s "One Health" vision: laboratory scientists, clinical academics and informaticians work alongside each other, to encourage the free-flowing exchange of ideas, the efficient use of clinical data, and joint academic/health service delivery.

CCBS is part of Edinburgh Neuroscience, an umbrella organisation that facilitates interaction among researchers, working at all levels of neuroscience from molecules through synapses and networks to cognition and behaviour. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), Edinburgh was ranked 3rd out of 82 submissions in Neuroscience and the research environment was given the maximum possible score - 100%, world-leading.

CCBS comprises 60 Principal Investigators - including 21 Chairs - of whom 70% are active NHS clinicians. The Centre’s 400+ members conduct research of international recognition and reputation: they attracted c.£40M in grant-funding over the last three years and collaborate widely, leading international clinical trials in stroke (e.g. IST-3) and dementia (e.g. EPAD), while The National CJD Research and Surveillance Unit is a World Health Organization Reference Centre for Human Prion Disease. The research generates significant and measurable impact in terms of patient health and wellbeing, NHS policy and economy, and public awareness.

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

Major disease-specific research strengths are:

  • Brain vascular disease including stroke (Professors Dennis, Macleod, Mead, Salman, Sudlow & Wardlaw; Drs Doubal & Whiteley)
  • Neuroimaging (Professors Wardlaw, Farrall, Marshall & Sellar; Drs Bastin, MacGillivray, Mair, Pernet, Thrippleton & Valdes-Hernandez)
  • Psychiatry, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression (Professors Lawrie, McIntosh, Owens & Thomson; Drs Johnstone, Russ & Whalley), autism and learning disability (Drs McKechanie, Stanfield & Fletcher-Watson)
  • Prion diseases (Professors Will, Ironside & Knight; Drs Green, Head & Molesworth)
  • Neurodegenerative diseases: multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, dementias (Professors Chandran, Ritchie & Smith; Drs Connick, de Sousa, Dhillon, Hunt, Mahad, Muniz-Terrera & Pal)
  • Synaptic Biology & Disease (Professor Grant; Drs Komiyama, Sylantyev & Wang)
  • Epilepsy (Dr Chin)
  • Neonatal development & the effect of premature birth (Dr Boardman)

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. 

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

  • Edinburgh Neuroscience funded PhD projects
  • College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine funding opportunities
  • Research scholarships for international students
  • Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships

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