University of Edinburgh: Informatics: ICSA: Computer Architecture, Compilation and System software, Networks and Communication (Doctor of Philosophy - PhD/Master of Philosophy - MPhil)

InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Informatics View department profile
Telephone 0131 650 3091
Study type Research


The Institute for Computing System Architecture (ICSA) will provide you with academic resources and industry links that are among the best in the world.

We are home to the UK’s largest group of PhD researchers in the field, and host a Centre of Excellence in partnership with ARM, the world’s largest microprocessor intellectual property provider. We are also a member of the European Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation.

Our current research is focused on the areas of:

- compilers and architectures

- parallel computing

- wireless networking

- processor-automated synthesis by iterative analysis.

While the scope for research is wide, each area is underpinned by our fundamental aims:

- to extend understanding of existing systems

- to improve current systems

- to develop new architecture and engineering methods

4 course options

Qualification Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
Level SCQF Level 12
Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.


See our website for detailed programme information.

Location Central area campus
George Square

University of Edinburgh
School of Informatics

University of EdinburghThe School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh was ranked first in research power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). We produce world leading and internationally excellent research. With around 120 members of academic staff, not only are we are one of the biggest schools within its field in the UK, we are also located in a prime location the heart of a tech cluster which has over 100 start-ups and nearby Codebase, the biggest tech incubator in the UK. Studying at the School of Informatics, you would be joining the world ...

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