PhD Phase

Information about years 2-4 of the programme.

Following the MSc by Research year, you will spend three years developing and pursuing a PhD research project, under the close supervision of your main supervisor and two co-supervisors.

Once CDT students have progressed to the PhD phase, they are governed by the same formal procedures as all other PhD students, as described in the pages linked to below.

In addition, Pervasive Parallelism PhD students will continue to have access to all other facilities and activities associated with the CDT. You will have the opportunity to undertake internships with leading companies in your area, and will participate in our industrial engagement programme, attending events and exchanging ideas with our sponsor companies. Throughout your studies, you will also benefit from the CDT's regular programme of PPar seminars, lunches and student conferences, its pastoral mentoring scheme, travel and equipment funding, access to supercomputing facilities at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, transferable skills courses, the wide range of support services provided by the Informatics Graduate School, and the extensive range of seminars and reading groups offered by the various research institutes within the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

Compulsory Milestones for PhD Students

All Informatics PhD students, including those in the CDTs, are required to follow the guidelines and meet the milestones for PhD Students as set out by the School, College and University. Please read carefully over the pages available through the links below, and ensure that you meet the milestones outlined therein.   

Informatics Graduate School Information

The Informatics Graduate School (IGS) is responsible for the support of students and staff involved in the School's PhD programmes. They have put together the helpful information for PhD students at the following links:

For questions regarding standard PhD procedures (as opposed to CDT-specific questions), please contact IGS via the Internal Enquiries form.

Required Transferable Skills Training During the PhD Phase

CDT in Pervasive Parallelism students are required to take a small number of Transferable Skills courses during each year of their PhD. Full details are provided on the Transferable Skills Training page. Please book a place for yourself on the relevant courses for the upcoming year as soon as possible after bookings open.