Each Research Engineer is assigned two supervisors – one from the sponsor company (the Industrial Supervisor) and one from the host university (the Academic Supervisor).
The dual roles of the supervisors are to ensure the academic quality of the work in progress, whilst providing industrial relevance and direction. Both supervisors will have regular contacts with the Research Engineer in person or by telephone / email. Progress is formally monitored at quarterly review meetings which are attended by both supervisors and the Research Engineer.
Like a Ph.D., assessment is by thesis and oral examination, but taking into account the emphasis on innovation rather than simply the creation of new knowledge. Together with credits from the taught technical and business modules, Research Engineers accumulate 720 credits, which is the required number for the award of an Eng.D. degree.