How to Apply for a PhD

Important information for all applicants for a PhD studentship at CRM

How to apply for a PhD programme

How you apply for your PhD will depend on how it is funded. If you wish to pursue a self-funded research degree, you'll need to identify a supervisor, develop a research proposal and source your own funding.

Application processes for funded studentships and research projects vary and details will be clarified on adverts of advertised PhD projects.

The majority of postgraduate students commence their studies in September/October for induction scheduling purposes.

Before submitting an application, please ensure you meet all of the requirements to gain entry onto the programmes (including English language and minimum academic qualifications).

Requirements for the Regenerative Medicine programme

Requirements for Stem Cell programme 

Fully funded PhD studentships

The University of Edinburgh, Centre for Regenerative Medicine regularly advertises fully funded PhD studentships. Each opportunity describes in detail the required application process. Please note the application process will vary per project/programme. You may need to apply online, by email, or download application forms. Applications for advertised projects must name the primary supervisor and project title.

Self-funded and externally funded research degrees

To apply for a self-funded or externally funded research degree:

  1. Find a research opportunity which matches your research interests
  2. Identify potential supervisors for your research project by viewing the research group pages. You must indicate your preferred supervisor(s) within your application (up to three per application).  Always contact potential supervisors before making an application. They may indicate an interest in your research proposal, but this does not guarantee entry to the programme. We will not process any applications that do not name at least one supervisor.
  3. Finalise a research proposal to outline the research you would like to undertake. You will need this for your application and may also need it for funding applications
  4. Apply online to the relevant research programme

Research group pages

Regenerative Medicine programme

Stem Cell programme 

EUCLID application guidance

To complete the online application, you will need:

  • CV and/or cover letter
  • University transcripts
  • Degree certificates (any certificates/transcripts you have not yet received from your current institution can be uploaded at a later date)
  • English language certificates (EU/International applicants only)
  • Personal statement
  • Two references
  • Research proposal

We encourage all applicants to submit a full application with all supporting documentation, including how you intend to fund your research degree at the earliest opportunity.

Applications are assessed primarily on the basis of prior and predicted academic achievement, so you should complete the application form without any omissions.

EUCLID application guidance

Current PhD opportunities

Apply via EUCLID