University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh


Research focuses on the mechanisms underlying the development of major psychiatric disorders, especially psychosis; in psychiatric genetics. The Department takes part in international genome wide association studies and focus on analyses of candidate genes including DISC-1, GRIK-4, ABCA13 and NPA3 3. There is also a major focus on the functional genetics of psychiatric illness and the effects of variation in genes such as NRG1 and DISC1 on brain structure and function, as well as their programming during development. Recent studies by the Department have found that structural and functional MRI changes precede the onset of psychosis and could be used as a diagnostic aid. The Department has also demonstrated that it is possible to separate, using imaging, autism from learning disability in people of matched IQ; we have made substantial progress in the discovery of genes, including DISC-1, associated with psychosis and have played a leading role in understanding how genetic variation alters brain structure and function and risk for mental illness.

Entry requirements

A relevant undergraduate degree with a UK 2.1 or higher result, or its international equivalent; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE 61 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade C or CAE grade B.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time £ 6,350 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time £ 20,550 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc (Res) Part-time £ 3,300 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time £ 10,675 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,052 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 17,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Part-time £ 2,026 per Academic year (home fees) 6 years
PhD Part-time £ 8,600 per Academic year (overseas fees) 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Secretary to CCBS Director of Postgraduate Advisor
Telephone number: 
01315 376 509