How to apply

Entrance Requirements and eligibility

BSc or equivalent with first or upper second class honours in a relevant subject.   Applications are encouraged from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds who have studied a variety of subjects including Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Computational Data Sciences, Engineering, Genetics, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Physics.

iCM is open to applicants of all Nationalities. We aim for a diverse student cohort and applicants from members of groups underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a good knowledge of spoken and written English. Details about English language requirements can be found on the university website.

English language requirements  

General information for international applicants to the University of Edinburgh can be found on the university website.

International applicants

Application Procedure

Applications for the 2021 intake have closed. 
Information regarding applications for 2022 will be posted in September 2021


Selection Procedure and Funding

The recruitment committee will base its decision on the application documents and interviews. There is one intake of six students each year. 

Successful candidates will receive a generous stipend at Wellcome rates and tuition fees at UK, EU or International rates for four years. Current (2021) Wellcome stipend starts at £19,919 in Year 1, rising to £23,997 in Year 4. Funding for research costs, travel and training are also provided. After submitting their thesis, students have the opportunity to access PhD Programme transition funding to support training or work experience that help launch the next stage of their career. 

Wellcome funding

Programme Enquiries

If you have any questions about the Four PhD Programme in Integrative Cell Mechanisms, 
please e-mail the PhD Programme Administration: