Research course

Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC)

University of Edinburgh · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Founded in 1990, EPCC is one of the leading supercomputing centres in Europe and a major provider of training in high performance computing. EPCC’s expertise includes advanced research, technology transfer, commercial consultancy and the provision of supercomputer services to academia and business.

EPCC hosts the UK’s national supercomputing service, HECToR, which includes the world’s first production of Cray XE6 system.

EPCC has a team of experienced consultants and software engineers who have a wealth of expertise in the latest technologies. A particular strength of EPCC is in grid computing, especially grid middleware and application development, two areas that are of interest to industry and commerce. Our computing research covers: software for future HPC systems, modelling and simulation, performance characterisation and benchmarking, and developing a pan-European HPC service.

We are working on several ‘Big Data’ research projects, ranging from earthquake prediction and astronomical data analysis to the development of international data infrastructure for managing today’s immense growth in data generation.

Meanwhile our software specialists have an impressive portfolio of projects, including many industrial applications. We remain at the forefront of the field, for example through our leadership of the UK’s Software Sustainability Institute, ensuring that today’s new software continues to be improved and supported in the future.


EPCC is home to some of Europe’s most advanced supercomputing systems that enable high-level grid computing, data integration, computer simulation and process optimisation. These include national-level facilities used by researchers on behalf of various UK research funding councils:

  • HECToR - UK national supercomputing facility provided by RCUK
  • DiRAC - UK national supercomputing facility provided by STFC
  • UK Research Data Facility (UK-RDF) - UK national data facility provided by RCUK

Career opportunities

Graduates from EPCC have found rewarding employment in the computing industry, universities and government organisations.

Information for international students

If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme. To find out about the support offered to International Students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit:

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Informatics Graduate School
+44 (0)131 650 3091