By phd | April 8, 2009
The University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in United Kingdom. It is one of the top 25 universities in the world and is an internationally renowned foundation for teaching and research in Scotland, UK. It was founded in 1582 making it one of the pioneer universities in the British Isles.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Subjects and Admissions:
The University of Edinburgh offers a wide range of research and Doctorate Degree Programs. You can choose to have a higher degree related to the following subjects: Archaeology, Architecture, Arts, Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences, Business, Management and Finance, Celtic and Scottish Studies, Chemistry, Classics, Computing and Informatics, Dentistry, Earth Sciences, Economics, Education, Engineering and Electronics, English, Environmental and Ecological Sciences, Film and Theatre, Geography, History, Languages and Cultures, Law, Linguistics, Mathematics and Statistics, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Politics, Psychology, Religious Study and Divinity, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology and Veterinary Medicine. Application for doctorate degree programs requires the applicant to have a bachelor’s degree with an excellent or very good classification.
Also, if English is not your first language, you will need to pass several English tests to prove your English writing and speaking ability (normally IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 580 will be accepted for most subjects). Application can be made online and via post, however, the university encourages application online to save time. It is important to point out that when applying, apart from admission application, you also need copies of your degrees and transcripts with academic references.
Doctorate Degree Programs- Duration and Process:
Full time students pursuing Doctorate Degree Programs can expect to finish their studies and earn their higher degree in three years. Part-time students can finish theirs in four to six years. At the beginning of this programme, a supervisor will be appointed for constant help. Supervisor also will identify any training and research need for further assistance. At the beginning of the second year (in most subjects) candidate will present a thesis proposal. This proposal will take a thesis shape at the end of third year with final oral examination.
Doctorate Degree Programs- Financial Assistance:
For international PhD applicants, who need financial assistance, the university offers funds and grants such as the Wolfson Microelectronics Scholarship (for School of Engineering and Electronics applications), The John Orr Research Award (for Romance Literature, Language or Dialect research), The David Vowles Postgraduate Scholarship (For Psychology research) and many more. For UK and EU candidates, through various research councils, university offers different research studentships, covering fees and living expenses of Doctorate Degree Programs.