EngD IDCORE programme in Offshore Renewable Energy

General information

Based within the leading UK offshore energy research Universities and Institutes, the IDCORE programme will train world-class industrially focussed research engineers who will, with the help of sponsoring companies, accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies in order to meet the UK's ambitious offshore renewable energy targets.

This EngD is a four-year full time course initially based in Edinburgh and then at a sponsoring company. Potential applicants should be able to demonstrate: enthusiasm; resourcefulness; a mature approach to learning; creativity; a sound understanding of one or more branches of science or engineering; and possess either a first or upper second class honours degree. A scholarship that provides a student stipend and covers the tuition fees is available for suitably qualified applicants.

What is an EngD? The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is a doctoral level research and training programme equivalent in academic standing to a conventional PhD but is achieved through research which is much more industrially focused and which is designed to produce graduates who have a sound understanding of the business implications of industrial research activity. It is a four year programme. which combines PhD-level research projects with taught courses, and students spend about 75% of their time working directly with a company.
The research projects are identified by sponsoring companies and concern a topic related to business activities of the industrial sponsor.
Industrial Doctorate Centres (IDCs) are a subset of EPSRC’ Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). These user-oriented Centres provide the same training environment and features as CDTs whilst also incorporating a strong industrial focus.
The broad training programme for EngD in Offshore Renewable Energy has been developed specifically for the IDCORE.

The Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) is a partnership of the Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Exeter, the Scottish Association for Marine Science and HR-Wallingford. IDCORE was set up by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and is funded by the ETI and the EPSRC RCUK Energy programme.

IDCORE's four-year EngD (Engineering Doctorate) programme is a doctoral-level research and training programme, equivalent in academic standing to a conventional PhD, but achieved through research that is much more industrially focused. It is designed to produce graduates who have a sound understanding of the business implications of industrial research. 

As an IDCORE student you will be primarily based within your sponsoring company, spending around 75% of your time there, following a 4 year programme leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD). The real difference between Phd and EngD is that you will be undertaking a project which tackles a genuine commercial problem in a real-world environment, and offers the chance to develop thorough research and commercial skills. This broad training will make you (along with other EngD graduates) extremely employable. Project areas are agreed between the sponsoring companies and the IDCORE management in order to ensure that your work meets the standards needed for the award of an EngD. 

The taught component comprises of 180 credits, amounting to 25% of the student effort on the EngD. There are three strands to the taught component;

  1. an intensive, two-semester phase of 12 courses delivered in attendance in university (120 credits)
  2. summer schools delivered in Oban, Wallingford and Falmouth (30 credits) and
  3. integrated studies in management, business, innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship, delivered during the research phase to maximise relevance and utilisation of gathering experience with company (30 credits).

Overview of the curriculum

Objective:

Rationale of the Taught Programme. The taught programme has been designed specifically for IDCORE starting with a set of necessary technical learning outcomes (based on a needs analysis from the roadmaps) and the following guiding principles:

  1. The core taught components in IDCORE will be bespoke to the programme, and will embody the programme ethos of innovative and integrated industry involvement.
  2. The taught component is an integral part of a Bologna 3rd-cycle (doctoral level) qualification, with outcomes principally at or above Masters level (i.e. SCQF Level 11 / FHEQ Level 7) or above. Students should complete the taught programme more knowledgeable, up-to-date and versatile than any one of the contributing teaching staff.
  3. The taught component will differ from previous undergraduate study. Delivery will be in short, intensive blocks, many of which will feature direct industry input or will be industry expert-led. Assessment will not be via traditional, closed book (memory-testing) examination. Alternatives such as open book / open internet exams; take-away exams; oral exam and of course coursework will be encouraged and indeed required.
  4. The taught programme will be prescribed and common for all, reflecting the Centre's ethos of the essential interdisciplinary nature of the industry. Initial "baseline reinforcement" happens within a 10-credit course at the outset, whose content will be prescribed individually, reflecting student's qualifications and knowledge base on entry. Students should emerge with multi- and inter-disciplinary expertise with experience beyond that of their first degree direction.
  5. Teaching will be in attendance throughout the first two semesters, and in the residential summer schools. The best video-conferencing facilities may be used for taught material integrated into the research phase.
  6. Transferable skills and research methodologies will be closely integrated into the taught courses.
  7. The diversity of the cohort's previous academic experience will be acknowledged and celebrated. The programme will be structured to make it accessible to physical scientists with appropriate backgrounds as well as engineers. Baseline material (and associated workload) will be acknowledged and credit awarded. The programme should be accessible to suitably-qualified entrants holding other Bologna 2nd cycle (Masters) qualifications. Assessment practice (pass/fail rather than grades and marks) will be equitable across courses for the entire cohort. The diversity of expertise brought to the programme by the cohort will be utilised in group working.
  8. Exit routes will be built into the design and progression routes of the programme to provide credit and qualification for material completed successfully.
Contact Person: IDCORE Office (University of Edinburgh) (info@idcore.ac.uk)

Content

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0713 - Offshore and renewable energy

Venue

Venue: University of Edinburgh (IDCORE Office)
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Graduate School of Engineering      
The King's Buildings, Faraday building
Edinburgh EH9 3JL

Application


Cost:

UK/EU students: £3.900 per annum
Overseas students: £15.000 per annum


Prerequisites:
  • Applicants should have, or expect to receive a first class honours degree or an international equivalent. Students with an upper second class degree and a subsequent MSc degree will also be considered. It is expected that candidates will have a good understanding of one or more branches of science or engineering, advanced maths, and at least some relevant research experience (see Equivalents to UK qualifications)
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, creativity, resourcefulness and a mature approach to learning
  • Non-UK candidates whose mother language is not English must provide a certificate of proficiency in the English language (see English language requirements)

Application Procedure:

Please apply by completing the Online Application Form. You will need to provide: a copy of your degree certificate and transcript, two references, a CV and a covering letter under ‘unspecified document’. If you are eligible for the IDCORE full studentship and you would like to be considered, please indicate this in the online application. If you are not eligible for the IDCORE full studentship, please state the types of scholarship funding that you will be applying for, or have already secured.

*Please note that applicants should NOT include a research proposal in the online application. Please state the research topic as 'Offshore Renewable Energy' on the application form. 

  • You will need to provide a copy of your degree certificate and transcript, two references, and if your degree was not taught in English, English translation of the degree certificate and transcripts are required
  • You are asked to upload your CV and a covering letter under ‘unspecified document’
  • If you are eligible for the IDCORE full studentship and you would like to be considered, please indicate this in the online application.
  • If you are not eligible for the IDCORE full studentship, please state the types of scholarship funding that you will be applying for, or have already secured.
  • Please note that applicants should NOT include a research proposal in the online application. Please state the research topic as 'Offshore Renewable Energy' on the application form. If you receive reminders from the application system to upload a research proposal please ignore. To stop the reminders please upload a document stating that the research topic will be in offshore renewable energy. IDCORE research projects are proposed by sponsoring companies and students are matched with projects at the beginning of the second semester of the teaching programme (January).
  • Please apply by completing the Online Application Form
  • Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications for September 2016 entry must be received by 30th April. Interviews will take place in February, March and May 2016.

Grant Opportunities:

IDCORE Studentships

A scholarship that provides a student stipend of £17,665 rising to £20,600 and covers the tuition fees is available for suitably qualified applicants. There are normally ten of these scholarships available for each intake of students and they are awarded competitively. For September 2016 entry, there are eight full studentships available. 

Please note that all September 2016 places have now been filled.

  • Full awards (stipend and fees) are available for suitably qualified candidates who are UK or EU citizens and have been living in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the programme.
  • Fees only awards are available for EU candidates living outside the UK.
  • There is one full studentship (stipend and fees) available for an exceptional EU/UK candidate who has not been living in the UK.
  • Applications will also be considered from applicants who secured funding from other scholarships schemes.

Regulations:

EngD in Offshore Renewable Energy - programme regulations. The University of Edinburgh is the administering university for the IDCORE programme. The programme regulations and assessment regulations applicable to a Research Engineer are: the General Postgraduate Degree Regulation; Taught Assessment Regulations; and Research Assessment Regulations of the University of Edinburgh. The regulations are available on the Academic Services website

These regulations are supplemented by specific regulations applying to the EngD in Offshore Renewable Energy - Programme Regulations for the EngD in Offshore Renewable Energy.pdf

CEng Accreditation. The IDCORE programme is accredited by the IMarEST as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer.

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Qualification

Academic level: PhD

Assessment:

As with traditional PhDs, assessment is by viva following the submission of either a doctoral thesis or a portfolio of related project work - in both cases an original contribution must be made. You must also pass all of the taught courses which make up the programme.

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