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EngD Offshore Renewable Energy

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Full time


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

EngD - Doctor of Engineering

Subject areas

Power / Energy Engineering Renewable Energy Resources

Course type


Course Summary


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.

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.


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.


Each student will be prescribed study to "gap fill", depending upon the qualification and knowledge base that they bring to the IDCORE from their earlier studies. Principally, this is likely to be fundamental material in Engineering Science, Computational and Statistical Methods, and experimental design.

Tuition fees

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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.

University information

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of top UK research universities and a member of the European University Association. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 review showed that more than 99% of the university’s research was rated of international quality and 12 of its subjects were in the top 10 for world-leading impact. The university’s business school is one of the top 1% of schools in the world to...more