School of Informatics

Research Degrees

Edinburgh is one of the best informatics research centres in the world. The breadth of research in the School means that we can accommodate a vast range of research topics.

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EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)

The School of Informatics hosts two EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training, one in Data Science and one in Pervasive Parallelism, and is also a partner in the Centre in Robotics and Autonomous Systems in collaboration with Heriot Watt University.

The EPSRC CDT is a 4-year programme: the first year provides Masters level training in the core areas of subject area, along with a significant project. In years 2-4 students will carry out PhD research in their area, guided by PhD supervisors from within the relevant centre.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The most common research degree is the three year Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. This involves undertaking an original research project with individual supervision, with the results presented in a written thesis and oral examination. You will be awarded a doctorate if your thesis is judged to represent an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen area.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The MPhil degree requires a minimum of two years of supervised research study, and is awarded on the basis of a thesis and oral examination. It would normally include attendance at lectures relevant to your research topic in the first year and an independent research project carried out in your second year.

MSc by Research

This course provides you with the opportunity to acquire research skills by undertaking independent study related to the School's on-going research programme over the period of one year. To be awarded the degree of MSc by Research you will submit a portfolio of your work for assessment by a Board of Examiners.

Research Topics

For each of these degrees we expect students to express interest in a specific topic or research area, and to identify potential research supervisors within the School.