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Doctoral Research Centre in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Doctoral Research Centre in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at The University of Edinburgh is a 3 years PhD programme offered jointly by the School of Informatics and the School of Mathematics. The DRC follows on from the EPSRC CDT in Data Science.
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Overview

The DRC recognises that if researchers in this area wish to be leaders in AI and shape the technology landscape, they must be deeply conversant in both data science and AI. Only then will they be able to direct and better understand how to research, develop and target technologies that will be the pioneering breakthroughs.

Data science is the study of the computational principles, methods and systems for extracting knowledge from data. Almost every activity in science, society and commerce now relies on data-driven decision making --- from large data analytics in biology to small companies deploying data-collecting apps to millions of customers.

AI is the study of computational systems that demonstrate capabilities of perception, reasoning, learning and action that are typical of human intelligence. We have also recently seen an explosive growth in the capability of modern AI technologies. The great recent successes of modern AI, such as object recognition and game playing, are based on data-driven approaches rooted in machine learning and deep networks.

Doctoral Research Centre in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at The University of Edinburgh will allow you to specialise and perform advanced research at the interface of Data Science and AI and gain breadth and practical experience throughout the field.

You will be supervised by one of our 85 world-renowned faculty members. You will also benefit from interacting with a group of 30+ leading industrial partners, including Microsoft Research, Aberdeen Standard, Amazon, Samsung, Huawei, IBM and IBM Research amongst many others.

Facilities

Our research groups contain a diverse range of compute clusters for compute and data-intensive work, including a large cluster hosted by the Edinburgh Computer and Data Facility.

More broadly, the award-winning Informatics Forum is an international research facility for computing and related areas. It houses more than 400 research staff and students, providing office, meeting and social spaces.

It also contains two robotics labs, an instrumented multimedia room, eye-tracking and motion capture systems, and a full recording studio amongst other research facilities. Its spectacular atrium plays host to many events, from industry showcases and student hackathons to major research conferences.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    If you want to be considered for school funded PhD scholarships you must apply by 31 January.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • While the emphasis is on independent research work, your supervisor will identify your training needs and so may encourage you to attend research training classes and/or some taught courses in Informatics.
  • As part of the PhD programme, you will also have opportunities for three to six month internships with leading companies in your area, and to participate in our industrial engagement programme, exchanging ideas and challenges with our sponsor.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    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:

    6.5

    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.

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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 minimum UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering or a related discipline. Most students accepted to the programme hold a first class degree.
  • Applicants coming directly from a bachelors or masters degree are welcome.
  • We particularly welcome applications from members of communities under-represented in computer science and mathematics.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • Home/EU fees have still to be agreed

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.

Funding

  • Google European Doctoral Fellowships
  • School of Informatics scholarships for research students
  • Research scholarships for international students
  • Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships
  • Funded studentships for CDT in Data Science & AI

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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