Information for current and prospective CDT supervisors.
From 2019 to 2024, the CDT will recruit at least 60 students (~12 per year). Students are fully funded for 4 years (1 year MScR +3 year PhD) and receive £7000 allowance for research costs and conference travel.
In Year 1 students work towards a Master by Research, undertaking taught courses, group, and individual research projects. In Years 2-4 students work on an interdisciplinary PhD project and undertake tailored training, public engagement and other CDT-specific activities and events.
The recruitment process typically begins in October of each year, please check our application page for details including closing dates for applications. If you are aware of, or have been approached by, promising students please do direct them to the CDT as we are always keen to encourage high quality applications. We are also working actively to promote equality, diversity & inclusion in all things that relate to our CDT and especially welcome applications from under-represented groups.
- Submit a Group Project (GP) proposal
Beginning in January each year our students work in groups of 2-3 for 10 weeks on a group project. We issue a call for GP proposals from our supervisors in September each year – you can also access the proposal form here:
- Submit an Individual Project (IP) proposal
Beginning in late March each year our students work individually for c.20 weeks on a longer project that will be written up for their MSc. Dissertation which is submitted towards the end of August. Commonly these projects lead into their main PhD research projects, but students are able to change if they would like to. We issue a call for IP proposals from our supervisors in early January each year – you can also access the proposal form here:
- Attend a CDT event to meet students and tell them about your research. Different CDT events are held throughout the year; the dates are announced via the supervisor mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are not on our mailing list, contact email@example.com to be added.
- Offer to deliver a specialist topic workshop or seminar. This is an excellent way for you to share your research with the students and other supervisors in the CDT and allow the students to get to know you better. If you are interested in doing so please feel free to e-mail the CDT Director to discuss further.
- Submit a ‘research in a nutshell’ video or create a video presentation about your research. To share your presentation with students, please send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: It’s not possible to submit a PhD proposal, as CDT students will be expected to develop their own bespoke PhD projects in consultation with their selected supervisors. If you have a specific PhD project in mind, you can submit it as an MSc proposal indicating its prospect to grow into PhD.
Researchers wishing to take on PhD supervision of CDT students must read and agree to abide by the following conditions and be familiar with the Supervisor Guide section of the CDT website
Conditions of Supervision
- Researchers cannot normally take on a new CDT student as a primary supervisor in two consecutive years, but requests to do so will be considered by the CDT Director on a case-by-case basis.
- Supervisors who have not graduated a PhD student as first supervisor will not be permitted to supervise a CDT student if that supervision would take their supervisory load beyond 4 students.
- Supervisors who have graduated at least one PhD. student as first supervisor would not normally be permitted to take on a CDT student if their supervisory load would exceed 6.
- Supervisors will be active researchers who hold either an academic position or a fellowship that extends for the duration of the PhD project. NHS consultants holding honorary status at the University can only act as a primary supervisor if the second supervisor is a University staff member whose position extends for the duration of the PhD project. In such cases, the supervisors must also commit to 50:50 co-supervision to ensure continuity.
- Supervisors must have performed Equality & Diversity and Unconscious Bias training and have attended a University Supervisor Briefing session within the past 5 years.
- Book online supervisor briefing session
- Unconscious Bias training online
- Equality & Diversity Essentials training online
CDT Training Programme
Students remain part of the CDT programme throughout their PhD studies and are required to take part in CDT-specific events and training activities. Supervisors are expected to actively support their student’s ongoing training and development including as part of the CDT programme. Details of such activities will be advertised to students and supervisors on a continuing basis throughout their studies.
CDT funding is for 4 years: 1-year MScR degree and 3-year PhD project. As a condition of UKRI/EPSRC funding the CDT is not able to cover any travel/project costs or fees after the student’s prescribed end date. Each student is allocated £7000 for travel/research costs. Students are responsible for managing their budgets in consultation with the supervisory team. Use of CDT funds must be approved by the primary supervisor and CDT team in advance of purchase, following the procedure set out by the CDT: https://web.inf.ed.ac.uk/cdt/biomedical-ai/student-guide/cdt-funding
UKRI Terms and Conditions
CDT supervisors and students must read and comply with UKRI Terms and Conditions. This includes ensuring that all relevant publications are open access and acknowledging UKRI funding support in publications and other materials: http://web.inf.ed.ac.uk/cdt/biomedical-ai/student-guide/academic-outputs
CDT students are registered on the CDT degree programme, managed by the School of Informatics, for the entire duration of their studies. Supervisors of CDT students are expected to follow all relevant procedures for student supervision, support and monitoring set out by University, School of Informatics (see Useful Links, below). In particular we draw your attention to the Year Timelines for PhD Students that detail milestones each year that student and supervisor must adhere to. This includes important training courses that students are expected to attend as detailed on the Recommended Training for PGR students page. There are some additional CDT-specific requirements:
- Providing quarterly updates on the student’s progress in a timely manner;
- Notifying the CDT team of any issues that may arise relating to the student or their project in a timely manner.
- Attending annual supervisor meetings organised by the CDT;
- Maintaining compliance with the requirements detailed on this page.
CDT Management will sign-off on student Annual Reviews in co-ordination with the Informatics Graduate School (IGS). These reviews will be carried out according to the normal University regulations and initiated by the IGS at the appropriate times during the students study. The Annual Review process is described here.
Staff training & guidance
Supporting Students – comprehensive guidance for staff on academic advising, policy and pastoral support resources
Helping Distressed Students - central reference for staff seeking guidance on a range of student situations from mild to severe and where to seek support for the student and yourself
Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students (August 2019)
Support for Study Policy concerning students who may be struggling with their studies due to health issues
School of Informatics Guidelines
EUSA Advice Place - a confidential walk-in service that offers free, impartial and professional information, support and advice on all areas of student life, including accommodation, money and funding, safety, academic matters and many others.
Visa & immigration advice is offered by Edinburgh Global
Student Disability Service supports students with dyslexia, mental health issues and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments.
Student Counselling Service support the mental health of all students at the University, using short-term counselling and referral to other services.