EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Ph.D. | The University of Edinburgh | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

48 months
28000 GBP/year
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The universities are jointly offering this innovative four-year EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems programme at The University of Edinburgh, which combines a strong general grounding in current theory, methods and applications with flexibility for individualised study and a specialised PhD project.


Robots have the potential to revolutionise society and the economy, working for us, beside us, and interacting with us. This EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems programme at The University of Edinburgh will produce graduates with the technical skills and industry awareness to create an innovation pipeline from academic research to global markets.

The robotics and autonomous systems area has been highlighted by the UK Government in 2013 as one of the eight Great Technologies that underpin the UK's Industrial Strategy for jobs and growth. Key application areas include manufacturing, assistive and medical robots, offshore energy, environmental monitoring, search and rescue, defence, and support for the ageing population.

Robotics and autonomous systems are increasingly studied beyond the range of classical engineering. Today robots represent one of the main areas of application of computer science and provide challenges for mathematics and natural science.

It is impossible to imagine transportation, warehousing, safety systems, space and marine exploration, prosthetics, and many other areas of industry, technology and science without robots. Robots are used in theoretical biology and the neurosciences as a model of behaviour.

Areas of interest specific to the center include: movement control, planning, decision making, bio- and neurorobotics, human-robot interaction, healthcare applications, robot soccer, neuroprosthetics, underwater robotics, bipedal walking, service robots, robotic co-workers, computer vision, speech processing, computer animation realistic simulations, and machine learning.

Career opportunities

Our aim is to produce innovation-ready graduates who are skilled in the principles of technical and commercial disruption and who understand how finance and organisation realise new products in start-up, SME and corporate situations.

We intend for our graduates to become leaders in the globally emerging market for autonomous and robotic systems that reduce risk, reduce cost, increase profit and protect the environment. This vision is shared by our industrial supporters, whose support for our internship programme indicates their strong desire to find highly qualified new employees.

Our component research groups already have excellent track-records in post-graduation destinations, including the research labs of industry-leading companies, and post-doctoral research positions in top tier universities.

Programme Structure

Our four-year PhD programme combines Masters level coursework and project work with independent PhD-level research.
  • In the first year, you will undertake three to five masters level courses, spread throughout robotics, machine learning, computational neuroscience, computer architectures, statistics, optimization, sensorics, dynamics, mechanics, image processing, signal processing, modelling, animation, artificial intelligence, and related areas. 

  • You will also be developing and pursuing a PhD research project, under the close supervision of your primary and secondary supervisors. The PhD will be awarded jointly by the University of Edinburgh and the Heriot-Watt University.

  • You will have opportunities for three to six month internships with leading companies or international research institutes in your area, and to participate in our industrial engagement programme, exchanging ideas and challenges with our sponsor companies.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2.1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in computer science or related subjects such as mathematics, physics, engineering, or computational linguistics.
  • Applicants from a psychology background with a strong technical background and/or experience in statistical research methods are also welcome.
  • Applicants coming directly from a bachelors or masters degree are welcome.

Tuition Fee

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    28000 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 28000 GBP per year during 48 months.

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Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems
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