A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) trains you as a researcher and allows you to develop advanced techniques and in-depth knowledge in a specialist area. You will develop an all-round knowledge of your discipline, and a broad range of transferable skills.
You will carry out independent research, resulting in an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen area. You will work under the guidance of your supervisors, within one of the Research Institutes in the School of Engineering. To be awarded a PhD you will submit a thesis and defend this thesis in an oral examination (assessed according to the University's regulations).
The prescribed period of study for a full-time PhD is 36 months, and your thesis is expected to be submitted towards the end of the third year. Progress during your PhD is assessed by annual reviews, which formally determine whether you can progress with your PhD.
PhD students in the School of Engineering must:
* Attend the compulsory induction for PhD students, the compulsory School Safety induction, and any other inductions or training required by your research.
* Submit for approval a Project Plan by the end of month 2.
* Submit for approval a First-Year report in preparation for the Progression Review at the end of First Year.
* Submit for approval a Thesis Plan in preparation for the Progression Review at the end of Second Year.
* Attend the School's annual PGR Conference every year, and present your work in the 2nd year.
* Publish research work in appropriate journals and conferences, as agreed with the supervisors.
Students are also required to attend training and personal development. You will discuss your training needs with your supervisor, and this will be reviewed each year. An exemplar training plan is given in the School of Engineering's Postgraduate Student Handbook. Your training should include a balanced selection of:
* Attend appropriate transferable skills courses organised by the University's Institute for Academic Development or in the School of Engineering.
* Attend final year undergraduate or postgraduate courses if appropriate.
* Participate in the seminar series in your Research Institute or area, and in other School talks, workshops or conferences.
* Present your work (oral or poster) at conferences or workshops, as appropriate to your research field.
Other opportunities for PhD students include:
* Participating in tutoring or demonstrating (after attending mandatory tutor and demonstrator training).
* Participate in committees relating to postgraduate research or your Research Institute.
* Attendance at research seminars across the University.
* Contributing to the academic life of the School, such as through our graduate society EngGradSoc, open days, and outreach activities.
PhD students in Engineering must also follow the additional information given in the School's Postgraduate Research Student Handbook: http://edin.ac/2AqB26C
The University's Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Students and Supervisors gives further information about the requirements of a PhD at the University of Edinburgh: http://edin.ac/2FBPNaw