Academic Partners

The E4 DTP gather eight Schools from the University of Edinburgh and two external academic partners.

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The School of GeoSciences

The School of GeoSciences has over 500 academics, researchers and research students, and is the largest and most successful interdisciplinary grouping of geoscientists and geographers in the UK.  The School explores the factors and forces that shape our world, and aims to understand the world through fundamental curiosity-driven research and to support prescient decision-making at individual to global scales. The School of GeoSciences leads the E4 DTP with most students registered there.

School of GeoSciences

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The School of Biological Sciences

We are one of the largest centres of biological science in the UK. The 2014 UK research excellence assessment placed us 3rd in the UK for our research quality, and we are ranked in the UK top 5 and world top 25 for biological sciences in both the QS and Times Higher world university rankings. We place a particularly strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research, linking complementary approaches in theoretical and experimental science and working closely with physical sciences, engineering, medical and veterinary sciences.

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The School of Chemistry

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The School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh is one of the largest in the UK, with external research assessment metrics to match (e.g. EaStCHEM ranks second in the "Power Table" (out of 35). The School's research and facilities relevant to E4 DTP science include: environmental & atmospheric chemistry; sustainable chemistry (cleaner syntheses and chemical recovery); photovoltaic and energy-storage materials; and chemical analysis including state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and NMR.

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EaStCHEM Research School

The School of Engineering

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The School of Engineering comprises more than 150 academic staff, 1,700 undergraduate students, and 450 postgraduate students.  Its research activities are directed through seven institutes: Institute for Bioengineering (IBioE); Institute for Digital Communications (IDCoM); Institute for Energy Systems (IES); Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE); Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems (IMNS); Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP); and Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids (IMT). Of these, the Institute of Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) carries out research contributing to efficient, sustainable and resilient infrastructure in the built and natural environments.  The School of Engineering has particular expertise relevant to the NERC DTP in eco-hydraulics, flood modelling, water and wastewater treatment, and water and sediment science.  

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Institute for Infrastructure and Environment

The School of Informatics

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The School provides a fertile environment for a wide range of studies focussed on understanding computation in both artificial and natural systems. With over 450 academic and research staff and over 850 students, the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh is the largest in the UK and one of the largest in Europe.

School of Informatics

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The School of Mathematics

The School of Mathematics is one of the UK's top-ranked mathematics departments, with expertise in mathematical, statistical and computational modelling applied to the natural environment. Research themes include ocean dynamics, inverse problems, uncertainty quantification, spatio-temporal modelling, and energy systems. The School's involvement in the Alan Turing Institute and the ICMS provides valuable links.

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The Alan Turing Institute


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The School of Physics and Astronomy

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The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

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The Roslin Institute and the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security within the R(D)SVS undertake multidisciplinary research in collaboration with a wide range of national and international partners. We bring world-leading expertise and facilities in animal, plant and soil systems; environmental security and change; climate smart agriculture; resource economics; data science and mathematical modelling; sustainable rural development; land rights and the science-policy interface.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

The Roslin Institute

The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security

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Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

Scotland's Rural College

Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)


The Scottish Association for Marine Science is Scotland’s largest and oldest independent marine science organisation, delivering marine science for a productive and sustainably managed marine environment through innovative research, education and engagement with society.

Based near Oban, SAMS has diverse and multidisciplinary research and teaching portfolios including fundamental processes of ocean systems, changes in our coastal environments and the growing blue economy. It is an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands and an associate institute of the United Nations University.

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