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Precision Medicine, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Precision Medicine programme offered by The University of Edinburgh is about an emerging, transformational approach to disease treatment and prevention, focusing on identifying which strategy will be effective for which patients, based on genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. 
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Overview

Students in the The Precision Medicine programme offered by The University of Edinburgh will learn to develop quantitative research creativity for use in their future careers in fast moving disciplines, as biomedical science embraces new data-rich opportunities. Our collaborative DTP will provide state-of-the-art training in informatics, data analytics, genetics, genomics, epidemiology, clinical populations, clinical tissue and ‘liquid biopsy’ interrogation and molecular pathology. Hypotheses generated, including novel disease mechanisms and drivers, may be tested in the most appropriate disease models.

The University of Edinburgh is internationally leading in basic-to-clinical translational research. We have an outstanding record of interdisciplinary research and a longstanding strategic commitment to the concept of one medicine/one health. The College will continue to play a world-leading role in research to advance human and animal health and food security.

Facilities

Our DTP will embed researcher training within a unique environment that already supports a significant number of complementary activities. A specific opportunity for the DTP is for Scotland-wide and UK-wide collaborative programmes.

The University's Schools of Informatics and Medicine benefit increasingly from Edinburgh’s core membership of the Alan Turing Institute, which aims to drive ever-higher research quality and translation to practice.

The University of Edinburgh also hosts institutes, which aim to harness health data for patient and public benefit by setting the international standard for the safe and secure use of electronic patient records and other population-based datasets for research purposes.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Our goal is to develop a cohort of outstanding young scientists who can deliver the innovation of precision medicine. We will ground our research in an outstanding resource of data, much of it unique to the partnership and being curated in innovative ways. Projects will harness phenotypic data assets derived from Scotland’s outstanding electronic health record assets, providing the ability to track 5 million people across primary, secondary, tertiary and social care since 1980. 

The DTP will focus on research that has high impact and transformational. For instance:

  • in molecular pathology: giving us radically new ways to understand the mechanism of disease
  • in phenotype/genotype studies: analytical methods to optimise the transformation of genetic, genomic, and biological data into diagnostics, predictive models and therapeutics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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. This programme is only available to UK/EU residents.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23500 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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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

Successful applicants who meet all necessary eligibility requirements will receive a fully funded studentship including:

  • Payment of annual tuition fees.
  • Stipend for each of the 3.5 or 4 years of the PhD (based on UKRI minimum doctoral rate).
  • Research Training Support Grant of 5K per annum.
  • Annual Travel Grant of £300.

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