Approved outline PhD project proposals
Actions to take once your outline PhD project proposal is approved by the CDT in Data Science.
You will receive an email from the CDT Executive Committee to confirm that your outline PhD project proposal has been approved. This email will also include approval or amendments of your proposed budget, if you have one (e.g. for datasets, computing resources, etc.).
Please note: All students will need to seek approval for all expenses and travel before you make any purchases, even if students have an approved budget. For travel, please review the Conference Travel and Research Visits page and fill-out a funds request form. For other purchases please email us using the button below.
Once your outline PhD proposal has been approved via email, you should:
- Send a short description of your PhD project to datascience[a]inf.ed.ac.uk as soon as possible, as we are required to record this with EPSRC. This should be a fairly generic description and a maximum of 100 words.
- Email datascience[a]inf.ed.ac.uk to update your research interests on the CDT in Data Science website.
- Familiarise yourself with the Informatics PhD milestones (below), which you will be required to meet.
- Submit your approved outline PhD project proposal to IGS via the PhD yearly guidelines (under Month 4). You must do this to meet Informatics Month 4 PhD Milestone (Outline Proposal and Literature Review). Note: You do not need to write a second document, as the CDT's outline PhD project proposal meets the requirements for the Informatics Month 4 PhD Milestone.
Informatics PhD Student Milestones
Once your outline PhD project proposal is approved, you are required to follow the guidelines and meet the milestones for PhD Students as set out by the School of Informatics, College of Science & Engineering, and the University of Edinburgh. The Informatics Graduate School (IGS) is responsible for the support of staff and students involved in all of the School's PhD programmes.
Approved outline PhD project proposals for the CDT also meet the requirements for the Informatics Month 4 PhD Milestone (Outline Proposal and Literature Review). You do not need to write a second document, but you do need to submit your approved outline proposal to IGS (please see bullet point 3 above).
It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements and milestones for PhD students and should discuss any questions you have with your supervisor(s).
Further information is available on the Informatics Student Services Page listed below:
- Information for Informatics PhD students
- PhD yearly timelines
- Formal student monitoring
- Researcher's handbook
- Archived PhD theses
- Submitting your thesis
- Finally, when you leave...
For CDT in Data Science students, the First Year Review document, discussed in the First Year section of the PhD Yearly Timelines, is separate from the outline PhD project proposal. The First Year Review should expand on the material covered in your outline PhD project proposal and contain substantially more detail as well as information about progress achieved over the first year.
Pastoral Care: Your supervisors, and/or your 3rd panel member, can also provide you with pastoral support should you need it at any point during your research. You also have access to any member of staff in the Graduate School, in particular, Neil Heatley, (Head of Student Services), Paolo Guagliardo, (Personal Tutor for Research Students), Alex Lascarides (Deputy Head of Graduate School) plus the Directors and Administrator of the CDT.
Student Counselling: https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-counselling