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Tissue Repair, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #20 (QS) ,
We are looking to recruit outstanding postgraduate candidates to join our prestigious Wellcome Trust four-year PhD Programme in Tissue Repair at The University of Edinburgh. This programme provides cutting edge, cross-disciplinary PhD training which builds on the breath of world-class biomedical research performed at the University of Edinburgh's College for Medicine & Veterinary Medicine. 


The Tissue Repair programme is run by the University of Edinburgh and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Our programme aims to train the next generation of scientific leaders in tissue repair. Successful advancement of tissue repair relies on combining expertise from basic to translational research in areas of regenerative medicine, stem cell biology, neurology, reproductive health, inflammation and cardiovascular science. Such a cross-disciplinary approach will underpin the design of novel cell-and drug-based therapies that stimulate repair of tissues damaged due to disease, trauma or congenital conditions.

Up to seven Tissue Repair PhD studentships are available in September 2018 for promising postgraduate candidates with a strong interest in tissue repair. 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity

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

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

Programme Structure

Training and support

The Wellcome Trust Four-year PhD Programme in Tissue Repair provides outstanding postgraduate students with a four-year studentship and with world-class teaching and research training at five cutting-edge Research Centres across Edinburgh Medical School.

The Tissue Repair PhD Programme is a four-year training programme, following the format of 6 months - 3 years - 6 months. During the first six months our students undertake two three-month research projects in the affiliated Research Centres, receive training in a range of practical core skills, attend seminars and contribute to discussion groups and lab meetings.

Following these first six months students choose the topic and primary- and secondary PhD supervisor for their three-year PhD research project. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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, in a relevant subject.

You may apply for a Tissue Repair studentship in advance of graduating if you expect to obtain this qualification.

The Tissue Repair studentships fall under the Wellcome Trust ‘Four-year PhD Studentships in Science’ scheme, rendering medics and vets ineligible.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22200 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Home/EU fees have still to be agreed

PhD part-time fees

  • Overseas: £11,100

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.


Successful applicants are awarded a four-year Tissue Repair studentship, which includes their stipend, PhD tuition fees (at only the UK/EU rate), and contributions towards travel, and research costs for their rotation projects and PhD projects for the duration of their studies. The studentship also provides specific funds which may be used for training, including related to transferable skills and professional development. The programme does not cover the difference between UK/EU fee rate and Overseas fee rate.

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