School of Informatics

Planning submission of your PGR application

All the information needed to successfully plan the submission of your PGR application.

The School of Informatics offers a range of PGR degrees, which encompasses MScR, MPhil and PhD programmes led by our Research Institutes.

General information on Informatics research degrees

The School also recruits to two combined PGR degree programmes via our Centres for Doctoral Training in Natural Language Processing and Biomedical Artificial Intelligence.

General information on Informatics CDTs

Information on submission times

From the 2022/23 academic year, there are four available fixed intake sessions for the Informatics PGR programmes. Please see below:

  • September - CDT in NLP and BiomedAI students only
  • October - Non-CDT students
  • January - Non-CDT students
  • May - Non-CDT students

Institute-led PGR programmes and EUCLID applications

Applicants wishing to be considered for admission into the Informatics PGR programmes for the October, January or May intake are advised to apply as early as possible as these programmes are highly competitive.

Applicants should select their preferred start date and one that is achievable in terms of their current location and immigration status. 

Applicants should be aware, however, that the start date actually offered will be aligned to the earliest standard starting time (from the list above) which allows them to complete any required immigration (ATAS, CAS and visa) and on-boarding tasks before the offered start date.

A range of funding opportunities are offered by the School, including funding from University scholarships, research councils, research grants, or scholarships provided by the School to specific PhD supervisors.

For some of these funding opportunities, such as the Informatics Global PhD Scholarship (IGPS), eligible applicants will be considered automatically as part of the School’s PGR selection process. Applicants wishing to be considered for the IGPS (for entry in the academic year 2022/23) must submit a programme application via the EUCLID scholarship portal within the following deadlines:

Round 1

EUCLID application deadline: Fri 26 November 2021

Round 2

EUCLID application deadline: Fri 28 January 2022

Detailed guidance on applying for the IGPS

Centres for Doctoral Training PGR programmes and EUCLID applications

The Centres for Doctoral Training only admit applicants in September of each academic year, therefore, these programmes have specific application deadlines (usually early on in the preceding academic year). Applications for 2022/23 entry will open via the EUCLID application portal on 01 October 2021. The CDT programmes are very competitive so early application is essential. Applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible.

CDT-specific application deadlines


CDT in Natural Language Processing

For entry in Sept 2021, deadlines for the CDT in NLP programme are as follows:

  • International Applicants: 26 November 2021
  • UK/Home Applicants: 28 January 2022

 CDT in Natural Language Processing


CDT in Biomedical AI

For entry in Sept 2022, the deadline for the CDT in BMAI programme is as follows:

  • All applicants: 14 January 2022

CDT in Biomedical AI

A number of funding opportunities are offered by each CDT, for which eligible applicants will be considered automatically as part of the selection process.


CDT in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Applicants interested in the CDT in Robotics and Autonomous Systems should apply via our Partner Institution, Heriot Watt University. Please visit the RAS website for more information on how and when to apply.

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

For entry in Sept 2022, the deadline for the CDT in RAS programme is as follows:

  • All applicants: 28 January 2022


School of Informatics PGR scholarship opportunities

Please visit our Scholarships for research students webpage for more information on various PGR scholarship opportunities offered by the School, including the Informatics Global PhD Scholarship.

Scholarships for research students

Some Informatics PhD projects are advertised and have a specific scholarship attached to them.  In addition, some of our supervisors hold research grants or scholarships that they are able to allocate to suitable students of their choice.

These project specific funding opportunities will recruit throughout the year and will have their own specific deadlines indicated.

Project specific PhD opportunities on offer and their associated application deadlines

University scholarship opportunities

Funding opportunities available to prospective postgraduates the University of Edinburgh

These University scholarships are likely to require additional application forms to be submitted via the EUCLID portal, and may have their own deadlines, such as for example, the Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships (EDCS). Please ensure that you regularly check the details of each scholarship to which you wish to apply and that you are aware of the relevant funding application deadlines.