This EngD degree has been designed specifically for those interested in undertaking a challenging research investigation on an industrially relevant project. The programme aims to achieve education at Doctoral level with the development of additional skills to enable graduates to integrate research practice and procedures with their industrial and professional responsibilities.
Students undertaking this degree programme obtain a wider learning experience and qualification than the traditional PhD because of the additional skills gained and the industry-centred portfolio of the research work. The feedback from industry has indicated that PhD is not always the ideal mechanism to facilitate development of skills required for a professional practising research in industry. The EngD programme provides experience of rigorous, cutting edge research in the commercial context. The graduates achieve training that enables them to take a range of research and/or managerial roles in industry. It provides a vehicle for candidates to undertake industry-relevant high-level research within the Engineering disciplines, and consists of a 180-credit diet of taught courses plus an EngD research project. Together the taught programme and industry-based project provide an opportunity to enhance expertise, update knowledge, and give academic validation to expertise developed in the workplace.
Some generic frameworks for the research study are:
- A challenging industrial problem of high technical merit
- Investigation into the relationship of an Engineering programme to the corporate strategy
- Study of marketplace or environment influence
- Technical project management under timeframe and financial constraints
- Economic and financial considerations in the professional field
- Leadership and teamwork influence in an Engineering group
- Investigating design and production requirements considering broader socio-economic aspects