As in most Universities, a Ph.D. student is linked to two supervisors within the School and to one industrial supervisor if the project is industrially sponsored. With the supervisors' help, a candidate must select and complete a research project that meets the requirements of the degree of Ph.D. and can be resourced in terms of funding for equipment, travel and consumables. The School has monitoring procedures that aim to maximise Ph.D. students' likelihood of timely completion and all postgraduate students are expected to complete a small number of tasks at regular intervals. Study for a Ph.D. degree normally takes 3 years, although longer periods are not unusual for part-time Ph.D. study. Part-time study is feasible if the candidate works within easy travelling distance of Edinburgh and can identify a suitable project that has the support of his or her employers. Otherwise, part-time postgraduate study is either difficult or impossible and we do not encourage part-time Ph.D. programs unless the project has the employer's full support. It is possible to start an M.Sc. or M.Phil. degree as the first year or two of a Ph.D. and transfer to Ph.D. It is not, however, necessary for suitably-qualified and experienced applicants to undertake an M.Sc. before starting a Ph.D.
The M.Phil. degree resembles the Ph.D., except that it generally takes two years and does not carry the same requirement for novelty/contribution to knowledge that is central to Ph.D. study. Transfer between M.Phil. and Ph.D. is not unusual as projects and personal circumstances evolve.
The M.Sc. by Research is based around a 1-year research project and can be:
The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Offshore Renewable Energy is offered jointly by the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Exeter. The EngD is a four-year doctoral level research and training programme equivalent in academic standing to a conventional PhD but is achieved through research which is much more industrially focused and which is designed to produce graduates who have a sound understanding of the business implications of industrial research activity. Research Engineers spend the first two terms attending an intensive programme of 12 taught courses delivered at the University of Edinburgh. Following the initial period in Edinburgh, they join a sponsoring company to work as a researcher for the rest of the programme. For more information please visit www.idcore.ac.uk
Further information on types of research degree can be found here