How to apply

iCM PhD: How to apply 2022

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.

English language requirements

English language requirements for international applicants to the University of Edinburgh can be found on the university website.

English language requirements

International applicants

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

International applicants

Application Procedure for entry in October 2023

To apply you need to:
1.    Complete the online application form (1)
2.    Complete the anonymous demographic information form (2)
3.    Contact referees and send them the ‘Referee form’. Ensure they send in references by the closing date.

Details for each form are given below.
Closing date for all applications is Monday 5th December 2022, 12 noon (GMT).  Applications submitted late or in the wrong format cannot be accepted.

1. Application form 
2. Demographic information form
3. Referee form
A. All applicants should give the names of two academic referees on their application form.  
Two academic, or equivalent, references are required. One reference should be from your academic tutor.   For the second reference, if you have done a research project, it is advisable to request the reference from the head of the research group. [we understand that COVID-19 may have limited opportunities for research placements and this will be taken into account].
B. Contact the referee: It is the applicant's responsibility to contact each of their referees and ask the referee to complete and submit the referee form below before the deadline.
The Referees should submit the completed referee forms by Monday 5th December 2022, 12 noon (GMT)

Selection Procedure and Funding

There is one intake of six students each year. The recruitment committee will base its decision on the application documents and interviews. For the 2023 cohort, interviews will take place in early January 2023.

Successful candidates will be informed if interviews will be in person or online at a later date.
Successful candidates will receive a generous stipend at Wellcome rates and tuition fees at UK, EU or International rates for four years. Current 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

Key Dates

Application deadline:  Monday 5th December 2022, 12 noon (GMT)

Interview days:           early January 2023, dates to be confirmed.

Start Date:                  Monday 25th September 2022

Programme Enquiries

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