How to apply

Instructions on how to apply to our programme.

Application Deadline

Applications for the CDT are now closed.

Entry Requirements

You should have a good first degree in Computer Science, or a related discipline relevant to your proposed research area.

Funding Eligibility

See Funding page for further information:

Application process

1. Register your interest or make inquiries by e-mailing

2. Identify and contact your potential supervisor before or during the process of writing your application. The relationships with your supervisors are key to a successful PhD experience, so it is important to establish working connection with them right from the start. Supervisor's support of your application is a also crucial part of the admissions process:

3. Complete the online application form on the University of Edinburgh website:

EPSRC CDT in Pervasive Parallelism

Although the programme is titled ‘MSc by Research Pervasive Parallelism – 1 Year (Full-time)’, this is the correct application form for the full MSc by Research + PhD (1 year + 3 year) programme. Before applying, you may wish to read the School of Informatics’ Postgraduate Application FAQs page:

4. Submit supporting documents requested on the ‘Document Upload’ screen.

Research proposal. All applicants are required to include a research proposal in their application. If you would like to apply for one of the industry-sponsored studentships, please focus your proposal on that project. Alternatively, you may wish to consider using one of the research project ideas as the inspiration for your proposal, but your own original ideas are equally welcome. Your potential supervisor may be able to guide you in the formulation of your proposal. There is no formal word limit, but the standard length is between one and two pages. You should outline your proposed PhD research and demonstrate a good understanding of and interest in your wider research area.

References. Please ensure that your referees are aware that you are applying for a 1+3 MSc by Research + PhD programme, and that they include in their references information about your ability to undertake a PhD as well as MSc by Research.

5. Your application will be screened by the Informatics Graduate School, then considered by the Pervasive Parallelism PGR Selectors. We will be in touch if we need any further documentation, or if we decide to invite your for interview. Rejected applications will be notified through the student applicant hub [EUCLID], while successful candidates will be contacted by email.


All admissions-related inquiries should be directed to the Informatics Graduate School (IGS), via their contact form: