University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Structural and Molecular Biology

Our group studies the structure and impact of biomolecules, from their atomic structure and assembly into molecular machines, to the large-scale effects of these molecular assemblies. Research groups investigate molecular structure using techniques such as biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray crystallography, computational structure prediction and cryo-electron microscopy. Study also covers the full panoply of methods for protein production and biological characterisation; a growing area of our research is the development of technologies that combine chemical library generation with proteomics and high-speed imaging methods to allow identification of new ligand-protein interactions; through links with medicine and veterinary medicine, we aim to make a real impact on healthcare through drug discovery projects.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 Honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject; typically, candidates have a good understanding of the field they propose to study, and at least some research experience; to discuss a PhD proposal, applicants should identify potential supervisors from the School of Biological Sciences; 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 Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 17,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,052 per Academic year (home 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

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Postgraduate Programme Administrator
Telephone number: 
0131 650 7366