EngD in Computer Science at the University of St Andrews: The Data Lab Prize Studentships

The Data Lab and the University of St Andrew’s vision for the EngD is an industry-focused doctoral research programme with unique benefits: an unmatchable, in-depth research training experience for Research Engineers leading to innovative data-driven solutions to problems faced by the Industry Sponsors.

The Data Lab and the University of St Andrew’s vision for the EngD is an industry-focused doctoral research programme with unique benefits: an unmatchable, in-depth research training experience for Research Engineers leading to innovative data-driven solutions to problems faced by the Industry Sponsors.


Programme Structure

The EngD is a 4-year graduate research programme comprising:

All EngD students – Research Engineers (REs) – will complete a taught programme of advanced modules as Research Training. In parallel, they will undertake Individual Research, tackling problems posed by the Industry Sponsor, defining, designing and evaluating solutions in collaboration with the Academic Supervisor. The Individual Research is within an industrial setting, allowing REs to develop knowledge, understanding skills, and experience in application areas of the Industry Sponsor.

Each RE will undertake a Research Training Component (RTC). This will require completion of a set of advanced, taught modules at the University of St Andrews, in a range of areas, including specialist technical modules, data analysis, or management. The RTC will provide a solid grounding in knowledge and skills to allow the RE to undertake novel research in addressing problems from the Industry Sponsor. Completion of the modules can be spread over the first two years of the EngD programme, with the RE spending one semester (15 to 17 weeks) at the University in each of the first two years of the EngD, in parallel with research activities. If the RE has a Data Science MSc or equivalent work experience the RTC can be reduced to one year, thereby reducing the programme to three years.

At the heart of the EngD is an Individual Research Component (IRC) based in industry. The RE will have an Industry Sponsor, who provides an Industrial Supervisor. REs will conduct research as a series of Individual Research Projects (IRPs), each IRP making a novel contribution to knowledge. The IRPs will be collated into a portfolio and submitted for examination. IRPs can cover a broad range of scientific and/or engineering topics, but require critical analysis and evaluation by the RE in order to show the efficacy of their proposed solutions.


Research Proposals

Innovative research programmes are invited from Industry Sponsors in any subject area that pushes the boundaries of Data Science. The EngD can be viewed as an advanced, research apprenticeship, suitable for new recruits as well as for existing employees.

We will support high-quality research programmes that use data science to address a technical challenge faced by the Industrial Sponsor and can demonstrate the potential for a positive impact on the Scottish economy and social landscape.


What We Provide: Prize Studentships

Applicants can apply for a Data Lab Prize Studentship, which will be awarded to Research Engineers who are judged by The Data Lab to be offering the most exciting and innovative proposals for pursuing data-driven or data-intensive research. A Data Lab Prize Studentship will provide up to 50% of the fees and stipend for a Research Engineer (RE) for the 4-year EngD programme, for those REs applying for entry in September 2017. Subject to eligibility, applicants can be of any nationality, but awards will be made only on the basis of UK/EU fees rate. The awards are at the discretion of The Data Lab.

  • The Data Lab will provide 30% of the fees and stipend in partnership with large companies (250+ employees).
  • The Data Lab will provide 50% of the fees and stipend for sponsors from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the public sector.

Find out more about fees and costs.

These are guidelines. It is at the discretion of The Data Lab to decide what proportion of funding to allocate to an individual applicant based on its merits. (The definition of SME can be found on page 11 of this document.)

REs who are awarded Prize Studentships will also engage with various activities and events at The Data Lab, in its remit to build, encourage and support a community of scientists, engineers, practitioners and problem owners in data science.


Are You Eligible?

Organisations of any size may benefit from the EngD. To receive Data Lab funding, industrial sponsors should have a research or operational base in Scotland, at which the project and Research Engineer will be based.


Important Dates

Industry Sponsors can advertise vacancies at any time, and early advertisement is encouraged.

RE applications are invited from those with an Industry Sponsor already in place, as well as those without an Industry Sponsor. Applicants must apply via the EngD website by 09:00 UK local time on Monday 27 February 2017 to be considered for the Data Lab Prize Studentships. Links for applications cab be found via the information for Prospective Research Engineers and Prospective Sponsors.


Recruitment

Research Engineers will be recruited by a panel that is chaired by the Industrial Sponsor, it will include a representative of the University of St Andrews and The Data Lab.

Vacancies for Research Engineers


Find Out More

For more information on the EngD programme download the EngD brochure or please visit https://engd.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk. If you are interested in becoming an Industry Sponsor, please contact us using the details below:


CONTACT DETAILS – THE DATA LAB

Joshua Ryan-Saha, Skills Manager

The Data Lab, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA

Joshua.ryan-saha@thedatalab.com


CONTACT DETAILS – UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

School of Computer Science

University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9SX

engd-admin-cs@st-andrews.ac.uk


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