Translational Neuroscience - Additional Information

Translational Neuroscience - Additional Information


Student Intake

This ambitious 4 year PhD programme, funded by the Wellcome Trust, will accept an average of seven outstanding students per year. The first student cohort started in September 2016 and there will be further intakes in 2017, 2018 and 2019.


The studentships are fully funded for four years and provide tutition fees (at UK/EU rate), a student stipend and research costs. There is also funding for travel to scientific meetings and for training.

Programme Leadership

This cross-discipline programme in translational neuroscience will be led by six outstanding researchers representing fundamental, clinical and human research across the lifespan at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Professor Charles ffrench-Constant (Director, Edinburgh Neuroscience) - Programme lead
  • Professor Stephen Lawrie (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Psychiatry)
  • Professor Andrew McIntosh (Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology)
  • Professor David Price (Centre for Integrative Physiology)
  • Professor Peter Kind (Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities)
  • Professor Tara Spires-Jones (UK Dementia Research Institute at Edinburgh)
  • Professor Joanna Wardlaw (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Neuroimaging Sciences)

In addition, they will be advised by an international scientific advisory panel also representing a mixture of clinical and fundamental research:

  • Professor Sumantra Chatterji, Director, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India
  • Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg, Director, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, University of Oxford
  • Professor Jonathan Rosand, Medical Director, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA

Application Procedure

  • Applications to the Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD in Translational Neuroscience programme have now closed. Applications are being reviewed and candiates selected for interveiw will be informed by Friday 21 December 2018.
  • If you have a query related to the programme please email
  • Interviews: Thursday 10 January 2019 (with an information session the preceding evening).

Frequently Asked Questions

We have prepared answers to our most frequently asked questions 

What do our students think of the programme?

We asked our student what they thought - you can read their answers here


Other Wellcome Trust PhD Programmes at University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is privileged to be hosting three Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD programmes -  in addition to Translational Neuroscience there are four-year programmes in: