College of Science & Engineering

Prospective research postgraduates

We offer research experience in one of the largest and highest-rated research environments in the UK.

Our world-class academics and modern facilities promote both specialised and interdisciplinary research and teaching, in pure and applied science and engineering.

We offer research degrees in the following research areas:







Physics & Astronomy


We offer a wide range of postgraduate research programmes in a number of research areas. Click on a research area below to find out more.

School of Biological Sciences

Cell Biology

Evolutionary Biology

Immunology & Infection Research

Molecular Plant Sciences

Stem Cell Research

Structural & Molecular Biology

School of Chemistry


School of Engineering


Digital Communications

Energy Systems

Infrastructure and the Environment

Integrated Micro & Nano Systems

Integrative Sensing & Measurement

Materials & Processes

Offshore Renewable Energy (Industrial Doctorate Centre)

Sensor & Imaging Systems

School of Geosciences

Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences

Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences (Environmental Sustainability)

Earth Observation & Geoinformation Management​

Geology & Geophysics​

Geographical Information Science​

Geography (Human Geography)​

Human Geography​

School of Informatics

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Informatics (with Beihang University)

CISA: Automated Reasoning, Agents, Data Intensive Research, Knowledge Management​

ANC: Machine Learning, Computational Neuroscience, Computational Biology

ILCC: Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition

ICSA: Computer Architecture, Compilation & System Software, Networks & Communication​

IPAB: Robotics, Computer Vision, Computer Graphics & Animation​

LFCS: Theory & Foundations of Computer Science, Databases, Software & Systems Modelling​

School of Mathematics

Algebra and Number Theory


Applied and Computational Mathematics

Geometry and Topology

Mathematical Analysis & its Applications

Mathematical Physics

Operational Research and Optimization

Probability & Stochastic Analysis


School of Physics & Astronomy


Condensed Matter

Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC)

Nuclear Physics

Particle Physics

Information on specific research degree programmes is also available using the degree finder.

Degree Finder

Postgraduate Prospectus Download

If you have an idea for a new project within a supervisor's research area please discuss it with them. Supervisors may sometimes have projects other than those listed online. You can identify postgraduate advisers or potential supervisors by visiting individual staff or School/Institute/Centre websites, or from the University Postgraduate Prospectus.


Information on applying

For more information regarding applying, please contact the relevant School.

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