University of Surrey

Industrial Doctorate Centres

Prospective Students

Our Engineering Doctorate (EngD) students, or ‘Research Engineers’, will spend four years based with their industrial sponsor. They will return to the Industrial Doctorate Centre, based at the University of Surrey, to undertake the taught element of the programme, consisting of week-long technical and professional development modules.

What are the benefits of an EngD?

The SEES EngD is a four-year doctoral programme for researchers who aspire to key leadership positions in industry. The research element of the programme is designed by the industrial sponsor and is unique to each Research Engineer. The research project will be undertaken on the sponsor’s premises with the aim of addressing their key priorities, and driving change in the transition to a more sustainable, lower carbon economy.

One of the key distinguishing features of the EngD is the programme of modules. These are designed with two aims in mind; to develop specialist engineering/sustainability knowledge and to provide professional development in non-scientific areas such as project management and communications skills. 

Each Research Engineer is supported by a team of supervisors based both within the sponsor organisation and the University, along with the staff at the IDC.

Research Engineers emerge from the programme as highly employable experts in their field, with valuable industrial experience along with academic and commercial knowledge and skills. 

EPSRC funding

The EngD programme is funded principally by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the University of Surrey and our sponsoring organisations.

Research Engineers receive a stipend of around £19,700 per annum, normally tax free. Academic fees, expenses and conference fees are covered by the IDC in addition to the stipend.   

“The company has benefited from the expertise that our REs have developed”

Helen Evans, R and D Planning and Resources Manager
Thames Water Utilities Ltd
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