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Doing a PhD at [email protected] Don Sannella Informatics Graduate School. Do you want to do a PhD ?.  Advancing the frontiers of knowledge  Personal satisfaction  Passion for the subject  Improved j ob prospects  3+ years of hard and possibly lonely work

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Doing a phd at informatics@edinburgh

Doing a PhD at [email protected]

Don Sannella

Informatics Graduate School


Do you want to do a phd
Do you want to do a PhD?

 Advancing the frontiers of knowledge

 Personal satisfaction

 Passion for the subject

 Improved job prospects

 3+ years of hard and possibly lonely work

 Success not guaranteed


What is phd study like
What is PhD study like?

  • Challenging work

  • ... with the help of an experienced supervisory team: principal supervisor + assistant supervisor

  • Research apprenticeship


What is phd study like1
What is PhD study like?

  • First year: fill in gaps in background, learn about current research directions, pick a topic, develop a research plan, start the research

  • Second year: follow plan and achieve goals 1, 2, 3, discover that goal 4 is unachievable, change to plan B, achieve goal 4B

  • Third year: write thesis outline, achieve more goals from plan, write thesis, look for jobs, submit thesis

  • Fourth year: oral thesis examination


What else will i do
What else will I do?

  • Practice presenting your research

    • Talks, papers, workshops, conferences

  • Learn more

    • Seminars, MSc courses, summer schools

  • Learn to teach

    • Tutorials, other teaching assistance

  • Transferrable skills training

    • Presentation skills, management skills, entrepreneurship skills, ...


Funding
Funding

  • There are around 50 scholarships for 2011/2012 entry

  • Wide range of sources; some require action from you

  • If you have a degree from UoE:

    1st class degree: Difficulty ranges from fairly easy (UK) to very difficult (non-EU).

    2.1 degree: harder

    2.2 degree: unlikely


What do i do now
What do I do now?

  • Visit www.inf.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate

  • Find out about our research

  • Decide what you want to do

  • Write a research proposal

  • Find two referees

  • Submit an application

  • Wait for the result


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