How to apply

Find out about ERUK-DTC entry requirements and eligibility, and the application process.

General entry requirements

Applicants must have at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a discipline relevant to the PhD of their interest. It is expected that this would include in the areas of biomedical sciences, neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, cell biology, biological sciences, epidemiology, genetics, health informatics, mathematics, and psychology. 

If you would like to discuss your application in advance, please contact one of the ERI-DTC Leaders. Discussions in confidence are welcome. 


International student entry requirements

International students are welcome to apply. Details of international student entry requirements can be found here.


English language proficiency details can be found on the page below.

English language requirements 


Submitting an application

Each PhD from within the ERI-DTC will be advertised as individual PhDs on

Current Research Projects

Once you have identified the PhD that interests you, please email the required accompanying documents directly to the Principal Investigator for the PhD that you are interested in with “ERI-DTC application” in the email subject line:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Personal statement (approximately one page) – detailing your reasons for wanting to undertake the PhD project and what you would bring to it
  3. Optional: we would welcome a short additional document providing any further information you would like to be considered (approximately 150 words maximum), such as special circumstances related to your studies/employment, whether you attended a school that does not have a track record of students going to University, or anything else you would like us to know about, but have not mentioned elsewhere.

Completed references from two referees are also needed. It is your responsibility to contact each of these referees and ask them to complete and submit a reference to the Principal Investigator of your selected PhD project; email contact details would be in the FindaPhD advertisement.  Subject line should specify “Reference for [your name] ERUK DTC”.  You are encouraged to send your referees the "Reference Guidelines", which can be download below.

Reference Guidelines

Please pay careful attention to the deadline for the receipt of applications and make sure your references have been submitted by your referees before the application deadline above.

Academic transcripts of degree courses and copies of degree certificates with final classification are not required at application stage, but will be requested if you are selected for interview. These documents should be provided in English or with an official translation.

Applicants are welcome to contact the supervisors of the PhD that they are interest in. 


Arrangements for candidate interviews

Interviews are expected to be held in-person/online, in mid to late February for entry in September of the same year.


More information

Information about postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh 



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