Information for prospective students.
ILCC is part of the School of Informatics and does not run its own undergraduate programmes. If you are interested in the areas we study, the most relevant degrees are those involving Artificial Intelligence or Cognitive Science. Please see the Informatics web pages below for more information.
This page provides information for prospective postgrads that is specific to ILCC. For general information about all postgraduate degrees in the School of Informatics, please see the Informatics web pages below.
Students interested in the areas covered by researchers in ILCC should consider the following MSc specialist areas:
These can be pursued within the Informatics, Artificial Intelligence, or Cognitive Science MSc degree programmes. For further information about the MSc degree programmes and specialist areas, please see the Informatics web pages regarding MSc degree programmes. Note that the school of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences also runs an MSc in Speech and Language Processing which may be more appropriate depending on your background and interests.
In ILCC, we are always looking for bright, enthusiastic students with strong backgrounds in one or more of the following areas: speech and language processing, maths, engineering, linguistics, informatics, computational linguistics, computer science or cognitive science. We encourage potential PhD students to first study for a master's degree, as this permits a year of in-depth exposure to the kinds of research you will be undertaking before embarking on a particular project. Potential students may be admitted directly to the PhD program if they have carried out prior postgraduate study, or in exceptional circumstances.
To get an idea of what a PhD in ILCC might do for your career, please take a look at our Alumni page.
If you are interested in doing a PhD with us, you will need to identify a potential research topic and supervisor. You may wish to pursue one of the PhD research topics suggested by members of ILCC, or to propose your own research topic. If you choose the latter option, we advise consulting our Research page, People page and individual staff web pages to find out more about staff research interests. After narrowing down your possible research topics you may also wish to contact one or two potential supervisors directly to discuss the suitability of your research proposal.
General enquiries about studying for a PhD within ILCC may be made to the ILCC PhD Selector, Adam Lopez. For more information regarding the structure of the PhD programme, entry requirements, and application information, please consult the Informatics web pages below.
The University of Edinburgh also recently announced the opening of a new Doctoral Training Centre for Data Science. This PhD programme views data science as a confluence of ideas from machine learning, databases, statistics, algorithms, natural language processing, computer vision, and speech processing. Students in the Data Science programme will specialise in one of these areas for their PhD, but will also receive broad training across the emerging field of data science. 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. Many of the people here at the ILCC are involved in this centre, so please consider applying to this 4-year Ph.D. programme. For more details see: Data Science PhD programme.