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The University of Edinburgh

12 months
31100 GBP/year
9700 GBP/year
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The Division of Psychiatry at The University of Edinburgh is internationally recognised for its research and teaching.


The Psychiatry programme at The University of Edinburgh focus on the mechanisms underlying the development of major psychiatric disorders, including:

  • autism and learning difficulties
  • bipolar disorder
  • depression and mood disorders
  • dementia
  • schizophrenia
  • cognition and behaviour

Research expertise

We have a particular expertise in longitudinal, clinical and biological studies of clinical and population-based cohort studies of people with or at high risk of mental disorders. The studies we have recruited or have worked on include:

  • Edinburgh High Risk Studies of young people at high genetic cognitive risk for schizophrenia
  • bipolar disorder and other related conditions
  • Generation Scotland - a family and population-based study of 24,000 individuals recruited from the general population of Scotland.
  • UK Biobank - a UK- and population-based study of more than half a million people from across England, Wales and Scotland

In psychiatric genetics, we take part in international genome-wide association studies of psychiatric disorders - including the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) and ENIGMA that seeks to identify the genetic causes of psychiatric disorders.

Our work then utilities the findings in order to identify the environmental risk factors and neurobiological mechanisms of mental disorders, using genetic factors as causal anchors

Research methods

Our work relies on a number of genomic technologies, including:

  • genome-wide association studies (GWAS)
  • DNA sequencing
  • DNA methylation and expression analysis
  • proteomics
  • structural and functional neuroimaging

In collaboration with others, we also work on stem-cell, cultured tissue (including organoids) and in vivo models of psychiatric disorders and we are also involved in a number of clinical trials of novel interventions.

Programme Structure

  • As a postgraduate student, you will be mentored and supported by at least two supervisors and receive long-term guidance from your thesis committee.
  • There are many opportunities for you to attend seminars and take courses in a wide variety of transferable or specific research skills, including opportunities to become involved in science communication and public engagement.
  • You will join a diverse community of researchers and clinicians. PhD meetings and the annual Centre Away Days provide valuable opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9700 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees: 

  • Home - £4,850
  • International/EU - £15,550

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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