Professional Doctorate in Offshore Renewable Energy EngD

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description


    This internationally-leading joint EngD with IDCORE aims to meet the UK’s ambitious deployment targets for offshore renewable energy technologies.

    An EngD is a four year research degree awarded for industrially relevant research, the degree provides a more vocationally oriented approach to obtaining a doctorate in engineering commensurate with that of a PhD.

    Led by the University of Exeter at its Cornwall Campus and based at the University of Edinburgh, this EngD programme is delivered through a partnership with the universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Exeter together with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and HR-Wallingford.

    The programme will allow you to receive postgraduate-level technical and transferable skills training at three leading UK universities in the renewable energy research field together with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and HRWallingford. This university and industry collaboration forms the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), RCUK Energy programme/ETI-funded Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE).

    This degree is professionally accredited under licence from the Engineering Council. Visit the Professional accreditation tab for further information.

    Students will benefit from a vibrant learning environment and, in partnership with industry, will learn to deliver world-class industrially-focused research outcomes that will accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies. This will help the UK to meet its 2020 and 2050 targets for renewable energy generating capacity, and expand and sustain a community of high-quality post-doctoral staff for the UK offshore renewable energy industry.

    This programme will produce highly trained scientists and engineers, they will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle current and future offshore renewable energy challenges. This includes developing new techniques and technologies to design, build, install, operate and maintain devices in hostile environments at an affordable economic cost with minimal environmental impact.

    This will reinforce and support the UK’s conjoined infrastructure, which begins in the best academic research centres with leading test facilities and extends through a unique combination of demonstration facilities, ultimately to test and deployment sites.

    Learning and teaching

    Approximately 75% of the Research Engineer's time will be spent on one or more research project(s) with academic and industrial supervision. Each Research Engineer will spend approximately 25% of his or her time in a structured training programme.


    The taught component will comprise 180 credits, amounting to 25% of the research engineer’s effort on the EngD. There will be three strands to the taught component;

    • an intensive, two-semester phase of 12 courses delivered in attendance at the University of Edinburgh (120 credits in total);
    • summer schools delivered in Oban, Wallingford and Falmouth (30 credits in total);
    • 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 in total).

    Courses will be taught and examined by the IDCORE partners with most appropriate skills and facilities. Teaching will be in attendance throughout the first two semesters, and in the residential summer schools. Details of the courses will be specified in the Programme Handbook.


    Research Projects will comprise 540 credits, amounting to 75% of the research engineer effort on the EngD. Research Engineers will attend a total of three summer schools during their projects, and will attend the annual Company Day, and appropriate technical conferences.

    Research projects are proposed by renewable energy companies in wave, tidal and offshore wind energy. Projects are allocated during the first year of the programme, at the beginning of the second semester (in January). The Research Engineer will take an active role in defining his or her professional development programme in line with the needs of the research project and his or her individual aims.


    During the EngD programme, students will be undertaking a project that tackles a genuine commercial problem in a real-world environment. This kind of broad training, alongside the development of research and commercial skills, will make EngD students extremely employable.

    Research Engineers will spend 75% of the time throughout their project in industry, thereby developing successful networks and contacts for future employment.

    Professional accreditation

    This degree has been accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

    This EngD research degree is accredited as :

    • Meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer, and a Chartered Marine Engineer;
    • Meeting the Initial Professional Development Requirements, in part, for registration as a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer.

    Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Chartered Marine Engineer (CMarEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

    The Engineering Council provide an accredited course search web page as well as further information for prospective students, where you can find a list of all our accredited degree programmes.

    Visit the Offshore Renewable Energy EngD page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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    Value of Scholarship(s)

    Over £4 million in scholarships available 2021 entry


    We recommend you start looking as early as possible for funding, especially if you will need financial assistance to undertake a postgraduate course.There are a number of ways to fund postgraduate study including: scholarships, studentships, wages, bursaries, savings, inheritance, and, increasingly, alternative methods such as crowdfunding and philanthropy. The options available may depend on your fee status or other criteria.

    Application Procedure

    See our website for details of funding available and how to apply :

    Further Information

    Entry Requirements

    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 and at least some relevant research experience.

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, creativity, resourcefulness and a mature approach to learning

    Applicants must also meet our English language requirements. See our website for details.

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