Information for prospective students

Please note: I am not currently taking interns or visitors. I do not take on MRes students, except 4-year students already admitted through a CDT.

I am not taking on more PhD students in 2018/19.

Other supervisors

You could consider other machine learning faculty in ANC, or research groups in ILCC or IPAB.

However, it’s probably too late for 2018/19, unless you or a supervisor have a special source of funding.

Information about applying and studying for a PhD here is available from the School of Informatics Postgraduate Prospectus, including information on how to make a formal application.

The timescale for applications is given on the application page. After certain dates it is hard to get funding, especially for those from outside the EU.

Personal advice

You should ask yourself if you really want to get a PhD. If you’re anything like I was, you probably don’t know exactly what you’re getting yourself in for yet. The website shouldigetaphd.com (also available on github) has interviews with a variety of people. Some of the advice is quite US-centric, but it’s still useful. If you ask in your circles you’ll get different advice. Don’t just ask people who have PhDs.

Typically UK PhDs are short, 3 years. Getting out quickly can be an advantage: you can get on with your career if you leave academia, and if you stay as an academic you can spend more time as a (better paid) postdoc. It can be a rush however. Personally I had 4 years of funding for my PhD and, having come from a different field (Physics), felt that I needed it. I will usually only take people with an MSc degree, or other proven relevant research experience. Otherwise I suggest looking at applying instead to a four-year programme, such as Edinburgh’s Data Science CDT.