Postgraduate school

The James Hutton institute is committed to providing the highest standard of postgraduate training opportunities to UK and international students.

We recognise the need to develop and tutor the next generation of scientists and researchers who will manage our future land, crop and natural resources that support national and international communities.

We value the important contribution students make to the development of our scientific excellence and the expertise, talent and knowledge graduates bring to our research community. The Institute aims to provide a research environment where technical and intellectual competency can flourish.

Our Postgraduate Student Liaison Team and your PhD supervisors will ensure you receive support and mentoring throughout your studies to enable you to achieve a high degree of intellectual freedom, whilst equipping you with the comprehensive range of scientific and transferable skills demanded of today’s scientists. Your studies will enable you to enter the employment market with a comprehensive range of scientific, as well as transferable skills demanded by a competitive employment market.

Our annual student conference and competition provides a valuable opportunity and learning experience for you to communicate your work to the wider scientific community. The winners of the oral competition represent the Institute at the annual national SEFARI Postgraduate Student Competition.

Undertaking postgraduate studies at the James Hutton Institute provides students with a unique and valuable experience of working in a practical professional environment.

Opportunities for PhD projects from the James Hutton Institute’s annual competitive joint studentship scheme, doctoral training partnership (e.g. EastBio) and collaborative training partnership (e.g. BARIToNE) programme are advertised on, usually in November.

Our postgraduate school supports around 100 students and is partnered with over 30 UK universities.

All advertised PhD projects are supported and/or funded jointly between the Institute and participating universities and opportunities are offered from all our science groups covering many aspects of our work.

In addition, our staff often attract external funding to support PhD studentships. These can occur at any time throughout the year, but are advertised on