Students working on Dice machinesWe are delighted to be able to offer at least ten fully funded, four-year places each year, thanks to EPSRC, the University of Edinburgh, and a number of our industry partners.


>>The CDT in Pervasive Parallelism is now accepting applications for the 2018 academic year.<<

Entry Requirements: 

You should have a good first degree in Computer Science, or a related discipline appropriate to the area within which you plan to study.


Applications for UK and EU** studentships are still open, and will be considered on a rolling basis while places remain.
**EU nationals living in the UK may be eligible for full studentships from EPSRC. See Funding section below for more details.

How to Apply:

1. Register your interest or make inquiries by e-mailing ppar-apply @

2. We strongly advise you to contact potential supervisors before or during the process of writing your application. The relationships with your supervisors are key to a successful PhD experience, and we appoint supervisors as part of the admissions process.

3. Complete the online application form, available through the CDT PPar prospectus page on the University of Edinburgh website.

Clicking on the ‘Apply’ button on the right of the page will take you to EUCLID, the University’s postgraduate degree online application system. Although the programme is titled ‘MSc by Research Pervasive Parallelism – 1 Year (Full-time)’ on these pages, this is the correct application method for the full MSc by Research + PhD (1 year + 3 year) programme.

  • Research proposal: applicants are required to include a research proposal in their application; this will be requested on the ‘Document Upload’ screen. If you would like to apply for one of the industry-sponsored studentships, please focus your proposal on that project. Alternatively, you may wish to consider using one of these research project ideas as the inspiration for your proposal. However, your own original ideas are equally welcome.
  • Your potential supervisor may be able to guide you in the formulation of your proposal. There is no formal word limit, but the standard length is between one and two pages. You should outline your proposed PhD research and demonstrate a good understanding of, and interest in, your wider research area. Further guidance on developing a research proposal is available on the School of Informatics’ Postgraduate Application FAQs page.

4. Please ensure that your referees are aware that you are applying for a 1+3 MSc by Research + PhD programme, and that they include in their references information about your ability to undertake a PhD as well as an MSc by Research.

Your application will be screened by the Informatics Graduate School, then considered by the Pervasive Parallelism PGR Selectors. We will be in touch if we need any further documentation, or if we decide to invite your for interview. Rejected applications will be notified through the student applicant portal [EUCLID], while successful candidates will be contacted in writing.

Before applying, you may wish to read the admissions information at the following links:

All admissions-related inquiries should be directed to the Informatics Graduate School (IGS), via their contact form.



There are two main sources of funding for CDT students:

1. School of Informatics Studentships

The School of Informatics provides funding for the fees and stipends of two students each year. All students, (i.e. UK, EU and International) will be considered for these School-funded studentships, but they are very competitive.

2. EPSRC Studentships

The majority of our studentships are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Because of constraints on Research Council funding, your eligibility for these studentships is determined by your fee status, as outlined just below. If you are unsure about your status, please read the University web pages about fees and fee status.

  • UK and EU students who have been living in the UK for the last three years:
    Full funding (to cover fees and stipend) is available for UK and EU nationals who have been living in the UK for the three years prior to the programme start date.
  • UK and EU students who have not been living in the UK for the last three years:
    EPSRC funding will cover the fees, but not the stipends, of UK and EU students who have not been in the UK for the three years prior to the programme start date. Stipend funding is occasionally available through the student’s supervisor, for example from their research institute or other sources, and applicants are advised to speak to their prospective supervisors about this during the application process.

Applying for a Studentship

All CDT applicants who are eligible for the School of Informatics and EPSRC studentships will be considered for these; there is no separate funding application. In the funding section of the application form, please indicate whether you have any means of supporting your studies from outside sources (including personal funds or scholarships) or whether you will require support in the form of a studentship.

Additional Funding Sources

Students from outside the EU are welcome to apply to the CDT, but must be able to find additional funding from another source.

  • Our funding covers tuition fees only at the UK/EU level, rather than the higher non-EU (‘Overseas’) rate. The difference between the two fee levels can be found on the University of Edinburgh tuition fees pages.
  • Non-EU students need to have a way to pay the difference between overseas fees and UK-EU fees. Typically this is via a scholarship from your country of origin, but in some cases your prospective supervisor may be able to help obtain funding; it is recommended that you discuss this with your prospective supervisor during the application process.
  • Some other sources of funding are listed on the International Office and the School of Informatics websites, but please note that several of these only provide funding for three years, whereas the structure of the CDT means that you will need such funding for four years.
  • If you are able to provide your own funding, it is important that you make sure to state this in the funding section of your application for the CDT programme. All applications will be subject to the same assessment of academic merit, irrespective of funding source.

If you decide that you are more interested in other areas of Computer Science or Informatics, the School of Informatics has many other postgraduate programmes available. Please see the School of Informatics pages about postgraduate study.

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