MSc Summer Projects


The School of Physics and Astronomy actively engages with a wide range of predominantly local companies to offer students the opportunity to undertake their dissertation project in collaboration with industry. The MSc programmes participating are High Performance Computing, High Performance Computing with Data Science, Mathematical Physics and Theoretical Physics.

By undertaking their dissertation with a company, students have the opportunity to:

  • Tackle a real-world industry project using their academic knowledge in a work context.
  • Enhance awareness that skills and knowledge gained in a workplace environment are as relevant and valuable as those gained in an academic setting.
  • Learn about companies, explore potential career paths and get some memorable experiences working with companies.

Participating companies can benefit in a number of ways:

  • Opportunity to meet a group of high calibre, talented students across a range of Masters programmes with a view to recruitment.
  • Opportunity to undertake research projects in a cost-effective way including access to Edinburgh University's world-class supercomputing facilities.
  • Develop new links with the University.

If you would like to submit a project proposal, please use the online MSc Summer Projects Proposal Form, or alternatively contact Maureen Simpson: m.simpson [at]

Planned Schedule for 2016 - 2017

  • May 2016 to July 2016: University makes contact with companies to see if they would like to participate. Interested companies are visited and their project ideas are discussed.
  • September 2016: Students start MSc courses.
  • Early to Mid-November 2016: Deadline for companies to submit project proposals.
  • Mid-November 2016 to Mid-December 2016: Students submit their project preferences and interviews are arranged with companies.
  • January 2017 to April 2017: Students undertake a "Project Preparation" course module that includes background reading and refinement of project with their supervisors.
  • May 2017: The University Exam Board confirms students eligibility to proceed to Masters.
  • End of May 2017: Students start working full-time on their projects (3 months duration).
  • End of August 2017: Students submit their MSc dissertations according to University guidelines.
Last updated: 03 Nov 2016 at 10:50