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University of Edinburgh PhD Student Reviews

Updated 16 July 2018
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  • "Focus on work life balance and gender equality" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Good support system and atmosphere, great benefits, colleagues were very supportive of each other and flexible working hours" (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Salary is skinny and career progression is limited" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Low salary, but that is the nature of working with a start up" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Full of support for students either from the school or the university

    Cons

    A lot of travel between office and work for those who teach


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    "University Funded PhD Studentship"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Edinburgh is a relaxed work environment where peers are cooperative more than competitive.

    There have been improvements to the PhD review and support system to ensure more students graduate on time.

    Edinburgh is a great place to live as a student and a professional.

    Cons

    Funding only covers tuition and maintenance fees. External grants or additional funding is required to cover lab costs and testing, travel, and conference fees. This can mean your work can become quite constrained if your supervisor does not have access to readily available funds.

    Collaboration between academics can vary greatly between institutes, and cross-disciplinary work and interaction can be a struggle as there is no unifying university momentum in the sciences.

    Kings buildings are far from the city centre and are a ghost town outside of office hours.

    There is a little to no accountability for poor or neglectful supervisors. Before accepting a position be sure there is a clear understanding of expectations and the level of supervision that will be provided.

    Funding is for three years, but most PhD will take longer to complete. The school allows for one year for thesis write-up after the initial three years but this period will be unpaid and can be quite stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more funding for students on an institute level to travel, network, and attend conferences.

  3. "PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good research facilities
    Plenty of available funding
    Collaboration

    Cons

    Some buildings quite isolated
    Support could be better


  4. "PhD Chemistry"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
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    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Graduate program structure, push for publications, opportunities to demonstrate

    Cons

    Leaks throughout the building continuously and labs spaces are dated


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    "PhS student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice facilities, great science, diverse culture

    Cons

    Lack of advice for future career outside science


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    "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -International environment
    -Interesting, intelligent colleagues
    -Lots of independence
    -Flexible working hours, you work as hard as you want
    -Challenging
    -Edinburgh is a very nice city to live in

    Cons

    -Sometimes too challenging
    -Some supervisors are not nice to their students
    -Pay is quite low

    Advice to Management

    Make sure supervisors see their students often enough.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "from perspective of PhD student in informatics"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland

    Pros

    The informatics department is very large, so easy to find an expert in any field. The building is modern and spacious with good facilities.

    Cons

    As a PhD student, the wage is very low, especially compared to friends who graduated from the same MSc course. Career opportunities are good though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in computer science to make sure that we maintain competitive with the rest of the world.

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    "About PhD studentship"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
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    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The university has good reputation so earning a degree here means relatively good future carrier opportunities. The environment is motivating and the colleagues are helpful. The university has great national and international connections.

    Cons

    It can easily happen that you start to work on a topic which is not the mean profile of the department. In this case you need to take special care not to become professionally isolated.


  9. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great reputation, excellent research facilities (if you know who to ask and where to look)

    Cons

    Lack of space for PhD students (GeoSciences department)


  10. "Phd student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland

    Pros

    High quality research and great people.

    Cons

    The only negative is the weather of Edinburgh.