What is an EngD?

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is an alternative to the traditional PhD for students who want a career in industry. A four-year programme combines PhD-level research projects with masters-level technical and MBA courses, and students spend about 75% of their time working directly with a company.

Each research project is proposed by the industrial partner and is normally located at the company's site.  Students are co-supervised by an industrial and academic supervisor and submit a thesis which is examined in a similar way to a PhD.

The AEngD—Association of Engineering Doctorates—is a community of EngD providers, researchers, sponsors, EngD alumni and other stakeholders in the EngD 'brand', ensuring the qualification is widely recognised in industry and academia.


What does the programme involve?

The programme duration is four years.  All students study 180 credits of postgraduate technical and business courses (SCQF Level 11 NQF/QCF Level 7). Normal entry is in September, with core technical courses delivered in two 60-credit residential blocks, the first from September to December in St Andrews and the second from January to May in Glasgow. Each block comprises a set of mandatory courses, but alternatives may be made available in exceptional cases where critical to a student's background and research project.

Selected courses are available in distance-learning format, allowing company employees to pursue an EngD without spending a large amount of time off-site.

Students progress to their research project in Month 9, with EngD projects located at the company's site and PhD projects being based in one of the five Universities.

The remaining taught courses are business oriented and are delivered at Heriot-Watt in several 1-week intensive blocks throughout the remainder of the study programme.

Students meet regularly for professional and computational skills weekend workshops, delivered by the partner Universities and external facilitators.


The Package

Successful candidates will have their fees paid and receive an annual stipend of £20,363 (for 2015 starts). For company employees who study the EngD, the funding arrangement is different, as the company continues to pay the salary of the employee and the company contributes financially to the input given by the Centre and Academic Supervisor.

For Standard Students

Normal entry is in September, with core technical courses delivered in two residential blocks, the first from September to December in St Andrews and the second from January to May in Glasgow. Each block comprises a set of mandatory courses, but alternatives may be made available in exceptional cases where critical to a student's background and research project.

For Company Employees and/or Distance Learning Students

Selected courses are available in distance-learning format, allowing company employees to pursue an EngD without spending a large amount of time off-site.

Project Work

Most Research Engineers will spend the majority of their time at the sponsor company, completing their research work, but they may also spend a significant amount of time working in the labs at the host University. This project work can consist of one project or a number of smaller projects to be written up as a portfolio.


What happens at the end of the EngD?

A number of Research Engineers have been employed by their sponsor company after the 4 years, although this is not guaranteed. Others have moved to other companies or into academia. There is a wide choice of options open to EngD Research Engineers, whether this be in industry or not.