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Research Postgraduate

We offer research postgraduate study programmes and each year we have a number of PhD scholarships to offer.

Our reputation ensures that, as one of our graduates, you will be well regarded by employers, industry and academia alike.

We offer the following research degrees:


  • 1-year research - Masters By Research
  • 2-year research - MPhil
  • 3-year research - Doctorate (PhD)


The research activity in the LFCS is very diverse and encompasses many areas of theoretical and practical Computer Science.

Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) on Pervasive Parallelism

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism was awarded to the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in November 2013.

The computing industry faces its most disruptive challenge for fifty years. For performance and energy reasons, parallelism permeates all layers of the computing infrastructure, from the internals of smartphones right up to globally distributed systems across the internet. The Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism will address this "pervasive parallelism challenge", educating the graduates who will undertake the fundamental research and design required to transform methods and practices.

The Centre will offer approximately 10 fully funded four-year PhD studentships per annum.

CDT in Pervasive Parallelism website.

Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) on Data Science

Ten fully funded PhD studentships available in data science as part of a new Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science. Topics include databases, algorithms for big data, machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and other areas.

This is a 4-year PhD programme that includes MSc-level coursework, and so is suitable for students coming directly from a Bachelor’s degree. Funded by EPSRC and the University of Edinburgh.

CDT in Data Science website.

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