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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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