Students of the Informatics - LFCS - Theory and Foundations of Computer Science, Databases, Software and Systems Modelling programme offered by The University of Edinburgh benefit from being part of one of the largest and strongest groups of theoretical computer scientists in the world.
Our research is aimed at establishing deep understanding of computation in its many forms. Using advanced mathematical principles, we create theories and software tools allowing fundamental capabilities of computation to be explored, as well as designing languages that can be used to construct safe and effective programs.
Areas of interest within LFCS include: algorithms and complexity, cryptography, databases, logic, programming languages and semantics, performance modeling, quantum computing, security and privacy, software modeling and testing, and verification.
Career opportunities:Our graduates are in high demand for postdoctoral academic roles. In addition, the skills you will graduate with can be applied to roles in industry, particularly finance, software development and consultancy.
Programme StructureThe prescribed period of study is 36 months if studying full-time, or between 48 and 72 months if studying part-time.
- The first year of PhD studies is probationary. Your supervisor will identify your training needs, if any, and invite you to attend lectures relevant to your research topic. These lectures may be selected from those offered to MSc students, or may be specialist courses and seminars organised by the School's various research groupings.
- Towards the end of the first year you will be expected to submit a thesis proposal which identifies a specific research topic, reviews the relevant literature, outlines a plan of research to address the topic, and describes progress made so far.
- Progress during your PhD is assessed by annual reviews, which formally determine whether you can progress with your PhD. Your thesis is expected to be submitted at the end of the third year, followed by an oral examination.
- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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Please submit your completed application at least three months prior to desired entry date.
DisciplinesInformatics & Information Technology Computer Sciences Data Science & Big Data View 24 other PhDs in Informatics & Information Technology in United Kingdom
- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with a strong background in mathematics.
International28000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 28000 GBP per year during 36 months.
Home fees have still to be agreed
PhD part-time fees
- International/EU: £14,000
- Home: £9,700
- International/EU: £31,100
- Home: £4,850
- International/EU: £15,550
- International/EU: £28,000
- International/EU: £14,000
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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