iCM PhD structure

In their first year students will undertake introductory core learning modules and rotation projects allowing them to make informed choices for their main PhD project. 

The overall iCM PhD programme provides a variety  of technical and professional training, to  prepare students for diverse scientific careers.

Rotation projects

Students will choose three mini rotation projects, aligned with the projects on offer for the full PhD. 

Training courses

Emphasis will be placed on timely skill development with the majority of core skill training during the first year of study. Core learning modules will cover four key areas: best research practice, technical skills, presentation skills and personal and professional development. Bespoke training will be tailored to individual need and delivered at a time that is appropriate to the individual. The core learning modules will include technique workshops and training in critical thinking via interactive tutorial-style courses led by programme supervisor. Further training needs will be identified through Personal Learning and Career Development plans and will continue concurrently with PhD study.

Full time PhD research projects start in March of the first year and will be conducted in a research group that hosted one of the rotation-projects. Students will be primarily embedded in research groups with a strong track record in dissecting cellular mechanisms ranging from anti-microbial resistance, stochastic heterogeneity, epigenetic and chromatin-based regulation, control of gene expression, non-coding RNA and RNA processing, chromosome structure and segregation, cell-cycle and cell growth regulation.

All PhD projects are collaborative between two supervisors who have complementary expertise:  one in cell mechanisms and one in quantitative skills. The definition of ‘quantitative skills’ is broad and includes Computational Data Sciences, Mathematics, Biophysics, Structural Biology, Chemical Biology and Biomaterials. By integrating these different areas into collaborative cross-disciplinary projects we will break new ground in understanding cellular mechanisms pertinent to the biomedical arena.

How to Apply

Programme Enquiries:  phd.wcb@ed.ac.uk