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Professional Doctorate in Engineered Metals for High Performance Applications in Aerospace and Related Technologies EngD


Course Description

Our EngD projects, run by our Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A), are defined by our long standing industrial sponsors and address operational requirements identified by these companies. Projects are focused on our established areas of functional coatings, computer modelling and advanced materials and manufacturing.

Research into advanced, structural materials is undertaken in conjunction with the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Materials based at Swansea. These projects are funded by the EPSRC Strategic Partnership in Structural Metals for Gas Turbines.

What is an Engineering Doctorate (EngD)?

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is an alternative to the traditional PhD if you are interested in a career in industry.

The EngD is equivalent to a PhD in its intellectual challenge, but as a Research Engineer (EngD student), your research will be industry-led and your project will involve working with a company. The programme includes a taught component, covering both technical, interpersonal and management training.

This provides an unparalleled opportunity to gain experience working at the cutting-edge of research that is relevant to industry.

The four-year full-time programme combines PhD-level research projects with taught courses. You will spend at least 50% of your time working directly with a company.

As a Research Engineer, you will be supervised by two academics and an industrial contact within the company.

The EngD scheme was established by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to provide ambitious and motivated graduates with doctorate-level training, putting new ideas into practice and progressing careers to reach senior positions in industry.

Why pursue an EngD at Swansea University?

Swansea is recognised as one of the UK’s leading universities for engineering.

The EngD is a flagship project of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which part-funds our EngD programmes. The EPSRC select to fund prestigious institutions, who are pursuing excellence in research and have good industry contacts.

All EngD’s at Swansea come with a generous tax free bursary and all tuition fees are fully paid by the scheme.

You will also benefit from:

  • Extending your knowledge and skills to become a future leader in industry
  • Enhancing your career opportunities and prospects
  • Gaining experience using the latest techniques through your own research project
  • Developing your expertise through a range of taught modules
  • Joining a network of fellow research engineers and industry contacts

All our activities are driven and underpinned by world leading research, as recognised by the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, which ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines. 

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.


Visit the Engineered Metals for High Performance Applications in Aerospace and Related Technologies EngD page on the Swansea University website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

An EngD at Swansea University is suitable for graduates with an Engineering or relevant Physical Sciences degree with a minimum level of 2:1, or with a relevant Master's level qualification. Please visit our website for more information on entry requirements for the Engineered Metals for High Performance Applications in Aerospace and Related Technologies programme.

Course Fees

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