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Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology programme from The University of Edinburgh offers a combination of world-class facilities and training that sets us apart as one of the premier centres for this type of research in the UK. 
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Overview

Closely allied with the Institute of Cell Biology, our group studies the structure and impact of biomolecules, from their atomic structure and assembly into molecular machines, to studying how molecular signals are transduced in animals and plants.

During the Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology programme offered by The University of Edinburgh, you’ll be supported by well-published staff who are leaders in their field and will benefit from a comprehensive programme of seminars, symposiums, distinguished visitors and social events.

The Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry & Biotechnology's labs are highly active in deciphering the molecular events that drive growth and development. By combining experimental and mathematical modelling approaches we are able to gain a more holistic ‘systems level’ understanding of molecular signalling.

A growing area of our research is the development of technologies that combine chemical library generation with proteomics and high-speed imaging methods to allow identification of new ligand-protein interactions.

Through links with the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, we aim to make a real impact on healthcare through drug discovery projects.

Facilities

Your work will benefit from our strong links with a number of on-site research centres, including the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, SynthSys, the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology, the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions, and the Centre for Translational and Chemical Biology.

We offer outstanding laboratories, equipment and training, particularly in the areas of protein production and characterisation, cryo-EM and macromolecular X-ray crystallography, mass-spectrometry, robotised qPCR, real-time bioluminescent imaging and plant phenotyping.

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

Our groups investigate:

  • molecular structure using techniques such as biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance
  • X-ray crystallography
  • computational structure prediction and cryo-electron microscopy

We also cover the full panoply of methods for protein production and biological characterisation.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    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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