Our Research Degrees

We carry out world class research and provide high quality training in research for both students and postdoctoral researchers. We ranked 1st in the UK for research power in Engineering in the UK wide Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2014. The exercise also classified our research as internationally excellent or world-leading. Our facilities, grant income, awards and prizes, are rated as top-class and more than 94% of our research papers are published in high-impact, world-leading scientific journals.

A postgraduate degree from Edinburgh is your chance to connect with internationally renowned researchers and innovators, with a unique opportunity to experience one of Europe's leading universities in one of the worlds most iconic cities.

Degree Programmes and Duration

Our powerful, distinctive research specialisms provide research students with the knowledge, expertise and skills necessary to develop their academic or industry career. The Graduate School of Engineering deals with all aspects of Postgraduate Research study.

Degree Duration
PhD A research project leading to a PhD. Typically 3 years (maximum duration 4 years)
MPhil

Resembles a PhD. Typically takes 2 years.

MSc by Research Shorter alternative to an MPhil or as a precursor to either MPhil or PhD. Typically 1 year research project (2 years part-time)

Research Areas

We have a long tradition of excellence in the field and have developed a wealth of knowledge across some of the most important research areas in engineering today. We have around 300 doctoral researchers from a wide range of countries studying on our postgraduate research degrees.

Our world-class research is done in our dedicated research institutes

Further Information

Agile tomography lab
Testing advanced tomography methods in our Agile Tomography Lab at the Institute for Digital Communication
Scottish Microelectronics Centre
The SMC Clean rooms in our Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems
Adsorption
Our state-of-the-art Adsorption laboratory in the Institute for Materials and Processes