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.
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.
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.
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.
We also offer a four year programme that combines a first year of structured study towards an MSc by Research with a three year PhD research project. Currently you can apply directly for this programme in the research area of Neuroinformatics and Computational Neuroscience.
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.
This article was published on Oct 8, 2012