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The University of Edinburgh: Genetics and Molecular Medicine (MRC Human Genetics Unit)

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
Study type Research


The MRC Human Genetics Unit discovers how changes in our DNA impact our lives.

Research excellence

We combine the latest computational and experimental technologies to investigate how our genomes work to control the function of molecules, cells and tissues in people and populations.

For more than half a century our research has been dedicated to understanding human genetic disease.

Today we continue to apply our clinical and scientific expertise, harnessing the power of complex data, to improve health, and the lives of patients and their families.

As well as delivering outstanding research, the institute creates a vibrant scientific community and a friendly research environment rich in both scientific and social opportunities.

What will I learn?

Our PhD and MSc programmes harness strengths in different research disciplines:

  • genetics

  • molecular biology

  • biochemistry

  • cell biology

These are tied to our scientific themes:

  • disease mechanisms

  • biomedical genomics

  • genome regulation

Our programmes also provides a strong focus on computational biology, and state of the art imaging as part of the Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium.

Over 30 principal investigators based in the MRC HGU contribute to these cross-disciplinary programmes spanning fundamental to clinical research.

Further information can be found on our Graduate Research and Training website.

Self-funded applicants

We also accept all self-funding/external funding applicants.

We strongly recommend you apply as early as possible, at least one month prior to entry.


To apply for any of our PhD programmes please select one of the buttons and dates in the Applying section.

For 4 year programmes, please select '3 Years (Full-time)'.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

MSc (Res)

Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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