Applications are still being considered for September 2013 entry and applicants are asked to submit complete applications as soon as possible if they wish to be considered. A small number of places are still available for excellent students.
Applications that were complete by 30th March 2013 are now being interviewed.
Applications must be complete (including all statements and references) to ensure full consideration therefore we advise that you contact references and begin your applications early to ensure they are complete as soon as possible. Students with a strong background in computer science, mathematics, physics or engineering are particularly encouraged to apply, but highly motivated students with other backgrounds will also be considered.
How to apply
Applicants should make their applications via the online application system EUCLID. Note that our programme is a 1+3 year programme and therefore your initial application will be for the MSc by Research, which if successfully passed, will lead to a PhD proposal and normally to the full PhD. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Please explicitly request that your personal referees evaluate your suitability for a PhD position, not just an MSc, even though the automated reference systems are confusing because they ask only about the MSc. Your full application will be received by us and reviewed by a Selection Committee, where the shortlisting for interview will take place. For help with the system, see the 'How to Apply' information.
When you apply you will be asked to include a statement of your reasons for wishing to undertake PhD training in Neuroinformatics. We also ask for a research proposal, where you can indicate the area you believe would be of most interest to you for a PhD topic. If you are not familiar with the field, the proposal can be quite broad and your actual PhD project can differ from what you propose during your application. It is possible, and even likely, that you will change your interest during the course of the first year. Nevertheless, the motivation and research proposal are very important in our selection, so please pay attention to it! It is often easier to attach a file than to enter it all on the webform.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact
Permanent UK residents. UK Studentships cover tuition fees, a stipend, and research and travel costs. EPSRC 4-year studentships at the Neuroinformatics Doctoral Training Centre currently carry a starting stipend of £14,385 p.a., rising to £17,782 for the final year. These stipends are generally not subject to UK income tax. Acceptance into the programme automatically means that you will be funded, if you meet the residency requirements. There is no need to apply for a studentship separately.
- EU citizens who have been "ordinarily resident" in the UK for 3 years prior to enrollment, even if that residency was wholly for the purposes of full-time education, also qualify for full funding as UK permanent residents. "Ordinarily resident" means that you have normally been residing in the UK, apart from occasional or temporary absences. See the EPSRC student eligibility page for the full regulations.
Other EU residents. We can normally pay the University fees for EU residents, but no stipend. These students will need to provide their own funding for living costs, and will need to explain how they will fund their course of study in their application (see also notes on Erasmus below).
In certain exceptional cases, the DTC can fully fund 1-2 EU-resident
researchers directly each year, following a limited relaxation of EPSRC funding rules. Competition for these fully funded EU positions is intense,
and only students with extremely strong records should apply unless you have other funding for living costs.
- Non-UK/EU residents. Because of EPSRC funding rules, we are not able to provide any financial support to non-UK/EU students. These students will need to provide their own funding for tuition fees and stipend, and will need to explain how they will fund their course of study in their application (but see notes on Erasmus below).
The DTC also hosts the EuroSPIN Erasmus PhD programme, together with KTH in Sweden (lead), Freiburg (Germany), and Bangalore (India). This programme offers joint PhDs with these partners. Importantly, it is more flexible in funding non-UK and non-EU students. EuroSPIN is no longer considering applications for 2012 entry, but will have studentships in 2013 (deadline near the end of 2012). For further details check out the EuroSPIN web site.
Study for a PhD in Neuroinformatics generally involves fees payable to the University and funding to cover the costs of living in Edinburgh for the duration of study. Studentships will cover all of these costs in most cases. The following sites provide information on these costs if you are considering applying under your own funding.
Unlike in some countries, it is usually not possible to support your PhD by teaching jobs at the university or by taking outside employment concurrently.
The following sites provide information on alternative funding programmes.