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Sensor and Imaging Systems, EngD

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Sensor and Imaging Systems programme offerd by The University of Edinburgh focuses on sensor research in a commercial environment, supplemented by Masters-level technical training and MBA-style business courses.
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Training and support

In the Sensor and Imaging Systems programme offerd by The University of Edinburgh, you will undertake two semesters of research-focused training, delivered by internationally renowned academic staff. The first semester is based in Glasgow and the second in Edinburgh.

This is followed by a 40-month research project, based in a sponsoring company, and business and management courses offered by Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Business School.

You will normally be matched with a company and project when your offer of a place is made. Projects reflect varied applications of sensing and measurement, across a range of sensing modalities – physical, chemical, mechanical, optical and more.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The curriculum has a substantial overlap with that of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrative Sensing & Measurement and much of the training involves working together as a cohort or in smaller groups. It includes:

  • the fundamentals and applications of sensor and imaging systems
  • focused practical courses on laboratory skills
  • creativity, dissemination, advocacy, enterprise and transferable skills

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.
  • Entry is competitive, so we would prefer a UK first class honours degree, or its international equivalent, in engineering, physics, chemistry or another relevant physical science.
  • We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience, or a background in another field.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23500 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships covering fees and a stipend are available for suitably qualified, eligible applicants. There are normally four scholarships, awarded competitively, each year. Awards cover all tuition costs. Self-funded applicants will also be considered. Four EngD scholarships are awarded annually.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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