View the SFRA upcoming projects as advertised on this site, and apply online for a project by the deadline date
You can apply for your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice project
Should you be shortlisted you may attend an interview
Should you be successful in your interview you will perform and complete the Project Placement and Dissertation, structured by the Industry Supervisor and yourself, supported by the SFRA and an Academic Supervisor
PhD - HOW TO APPLY
Find the right project
Example: Project Advertisement
Project placements will be advertised to students via this SFRA website, click on the button above.
Please note, Heriot Watt University students will receive direct updates of new projects by email and the myHWU app, University of Edinburgh students will receive notifications via their Programme Coordinators.
Details of the projects* will include:
Title & Description
Any software experience or background knowledge required by the student
The proposed format of the placement, for example in-office or distance contact by skype/telephone communications
*See the project example document above.
Students are expressly encouraged to independently seek out advice on the presentation of their application CV's and covering letters, we suggest contacting the Careers Service site on the button above.
Applications are received through a secure online application process that corresponds to both universities policies on GDPR and required information on student VISA status. Click on the ‘Submit Application’ button above to find out more.
Your application will be vetted from both a presentation and academic standard. Should your application meet the standard required it will then be included as a short-list of candidates to be forwarded to the Industry Partners for consideration.
Industry Partners then make their decision on their interview shortlist and the placement or placements they will offer.
On completion of the interview stage and the successful candidate giving acceptance of the offer*, the SFRA Coordinator will meet with the student to take them through the agreed expectations of student and Industry Partner, the SFRA Agreement Documents (including deadline date for dissertation submission), and any Industry Partner documents required before the placement will commence.
The placement will take place as per the Agreement between Industry Partner, Student, Academic Supervisor and SFRA Coordinator. Please see an example of the Agreement Form above.
*The University Exam Board will confirm all students’ eligibility to proceed with the project placement as part of the students MSc.
The student and Industry Supervisor decide the arrangements of the Industry Project
The Industry Supervisor is responsible for the industry-side implementation of the Industry Project
The student is responsible for the completion of the Industry Project (supported by an SFRA Academic Supervisor)
The Industry Placement is supported by the SFRA Coordinator
On completion, the student will write and submit their MSc Dissertation on the agreed deadline date. The student will make a presentation of the project to the Industry Partner
The Dissertation will be academically assessed, published in the public domain, and form part of the students MSc qualification
As part of our ongoing development we ask if feedback from both the industry partner and student can be provided in order communicate our performance to the SFRA Board, to continually improve our service and meet the highest expectations.