Study modes: Full-time
Programme website: Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC)
Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) offers the opportunity to study for a PhD in topics related to high performance computing.
Founded in 1990, EPCC is one of the leading supercomputing centres in Europe and a major provider of training in high performance computing. EPCC’s expertise includes advanced research, technology transfer, commercial consultancy and the provision of supercomputer services to academia and business.
EPCC hosts the UK’s national supercomputing service, ARCHER (Advanced Research Computing High End Resource), which is the UK’s primary academic research supercomputer.
EPCC has a team of experienced consultants and software engineers who have a wealth of expertise in the latest technologies. A particular strength of EPCC is in grid computing, especially grid middleware and application development, two areas that are of interest to industry and commerce. Our computing research covers: software for future HPC systems, modelling and simulation, performance characterisation and benchmarking, and developing a pan-European HPC service.
We are working on several ‘Big Data’ research projects, ranging from earthquake prediction and astronomical data analysis to the development of international data infrastructure for managing today’s immense growth in data generation.
Meanwhile our software specialists have an impressive portfolio of projects, including many industrial applications. We remain at the forefront of the field, for example through our leadership of the UK’s Software Sustainability Institute, ensuring that today’s new software continues to be improved and supported in the future.
EPCC is home to some of Europe’s most advanced supercomputing systems that enable high-level grid computing, data integration, computer simulation and process optimisation. These include national-level facilities used by researchers on behalf of various UK research funding councils:
Graduates from EPCC have found rewarding employment in the computing industry, universities and government organisations.
A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
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If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.
Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.