EngD & PhD

The Centre provides opportunities for both PhD and EngD studies, and the courses combine advanced knowledge and professional development training modules with industrially relevant research. PhD projects tend to be more fundamental research while EngD projects tend to be more applied.

Which university?

Students – or research engineers (REs) – are registered with one of our university partners (Imperial College London, Strathclyde, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham or Warwick University) depending on the project and area of expertise required. The university will appoint an academic supervisor who, where appropriate, will work with an industrial supervisor to ensure that each RE works on a useful and challenging project and develops as a career engineer.

What is an EngD?

The Engineering Doctorate degree is a 4-year research degree of equivalent academic standing to a PhD. The research engineers are based in a company where they carry out applied research on one or more topics of interest to the company. During the 4 years each RE spends about 9 months-worth of time on advanced technical and professional development courses – usually spending the first year at the University where they are registered and the remaining time with the company.

The EngD is usually regarded as a good preparation for an industrial rather than academic career. It is no surprise therefore that staff who complete EngDs early in their careers tend to progress more rapidly up the company career ladder than many of their peers.

How much money will I receive?

For industrially funded doctorates, qualifying Research Engineers in 2014 receive a tax-free stipend via the university of £15,353 pa.  There is a London allowance in addition to this where appropriate. The sponsoring company tops this up by an amount typically in the range £3k – £7k pa.