Postgraduate training

Applications for PhDs commencing in Sept 2018 are now closed.


Euan MacDonald Centre studentships

Through the generosity of our donors & fundraisers, the Centre normally funds one non-clinical PhD studentship per year. The best student is chosen on the basis of application, interview & references, and then chooses the project he or she is most interested in.

The studentship includes the standard provision of:

  • _DSR4247Stipend for three years
  • UK/EU University fees
  • Travel & consumables
  • Oversight by a second supervisor & thesis committee
  • Access to all training & support available to postgraduates at the chosen University

An enriched experience

Because Euan MacDonald Centre students become part of our wide-ranging network, we are able to offer additional experiences and training that include opportunities to:

  • shadow an MND Nurse Specialist, meet people with MND, and attend an MND clinic and/or home visit
  • undertake a short placement with a Euan MacDonald Centre Principal Investigator of a different specialty
  • attend and present at six-monthly seminar afternoons featuring a wide range of Centre research
  • obtain bursaries to present data at national and international MND-related meetings
  • gain experience in public engagement by participating in open days and MND Awareness events.
  • access the Centre’s communications pipeline to promote the student’s research

How to apply and deadlines

Applications for Sept 2018 entry are now closed.

The next round will be advertised here in Autumn 2018. Applications should be made through the EdNeuro.PhD gateway.

Projects offered this year

Project title PI
Studying synaptic dysfunction in Motor Neuron Disease (MND/ALS) using rodent and human iPSC-based models Dr Gareth Miles
Histone modifications and their role in selective degeneration in spinal muscular atrophy Dr Gillian Hunter
Using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to protect motor neurons Prof Cathy Abbott
Characterisation of ALS-linked UBQLN2 mutations in iPSC derived motor neurons Dr Thimo Kurz
Ubiquitination, vascular endothelial growth factor and aberrant angiogenesis in Spinal Muscular Atrophy Prof Simon Parson
Investigating the protective role of alpha-synuclein in models of motor neuron disease Dr Lyndsay Murray

Clinical Research Training

Young african-american doctor making notes at the medical meetingWe welcome enquiries at any time from ambitious clinicians wishing to undertake a PhD in any aspect of research related to neurodegenerative disease and aligned with one of the Centre’s Principal Investigators.

Although there is no specific Euan MacDonald Centre clinical studentship funding, high-calibre applicants will be supported in an application to a national funding programme such as those from the MRC and Wellcome Trust, or one of the schemes offered by the University of Edinburgh:

Please contact your intended supervisor to discuss opportunities directly.

Masters courses

Masters-trainingThe University of Edinburgh offers many relevant MSc courses that provide a good foundation for later doctoral training. Some are online distance learning. The full list of courses and degrees in Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences at the University of Edinburgh can be found in the Course and Degree Finder.