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University of Edinburgh PhD Student Reviews

Updated 23 August 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, equal opportunities, good work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Great equipment available, I work in a fantastic team, flexible working hours when required (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary is skinny and career progression is limited (in 5 reviews)

  • Very low salary, no pension scheme (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "PhD Chemistry"

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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

    Graduate program structure, push for publications, opportunities to demonstrate

    Cons

    Leaks throughout the building continuously and labs spaces are dated


  2. "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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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  5. 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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    Positive Outlook

    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.


  7. "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)


  8. "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.


  9. "A place where to grow"

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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

    It is the place to be. Great scientists, great people, friendly and collaborative environment. Great benefits for employees including time off and discounts off university courses.

    Cons

    Did not get on with the weather.


  10. "Great place for a PhD"

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

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Exceptionally diverse environment
    Great support for computationally intensive projects

    Cons

    nothing that comes to mind

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. "Great University"

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    Current Contractor - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Contractor - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good support for tutoring. Have had great opportunities to get teaching experience myself. The excellent gym is a great perk, as is the discounted (free) general interest classes that you can take.

    Cons

    Although Edinburgh is a wonderful city to live in you should be aware that it is quite remote from London. Also, as with any university, the bureaucracy can be a little tough to deal with.