How to apply

Applications are made online using the Edinburgh University degree finder. Please select the year of entry you wish to apply for and click on the Apply button.

Please note that in place of the “Research Plan” document requested, you are required to submit a single A4 page explaining why you think IDCORE should offer you a place. We also require two references: Ideally one should be an academic reference and the other a recent employer reference. References must be dated within the last year, signed and on letter-headed paper.


Full EPSRC/NERC funding, which includes fees and an enhanced stipend, is available for UK students and EU students who have lived in the UK for 3+ years.  If you are a UK or EU student and you have questions about your eligibility, then please contact

If you are an international student (i.e. from out with the UK/EU) then you will not be eligible for EPSRC/NERC funding.  As an international student, you could still be accepted on to the IDCORE programme, but you must demonstrate that you could secure full funding for your studies from an alternative source.  For example, your home Government may have funding opportunities.  Please note that the funding you secure must cover Overseas tuition fees plus your living costs in the UK for at least 4 years.  Please indicate the source of funding in your application.


If you have submitted an application which meets IDCORE’s quality threshold you will be invited to attend an interview in Edinburgh. We normally hold interviews in February, March and April.

Interviews are conducted by a panel of academics from the Universities of Edinburgh, Exeter and Strathclyde together with an industrial panel member. Each candidate will be asked to present a 10 minute oral presentation entitled “state of the art in offshore renewable energy” (PowerPoint slides are not permitted) and will then be asked about the experience in research, marine energy, management, and industry. Excellent candidates are able to show passion and enthusiasm during the interview and provide compelling evidence of why they want to join IDCORE.

Places are offered to candidates who the panel feel would make excellent IDCORE students. Decisions are made on the day and normally communicated to candidates within one week of the interview.

The interview day also provides an opportunity for you to learn more about the programme and to see some of the facilities in Edinburgh.