What is the Engineering Doctorate?

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is a well-established programme in the UK aimed at producing postgraduate engineers – called “Research Engineers” or “REs” – with skills relevant to the needs of industry.

The EngD is a four-year programme that combines PhD-level research projects based on real business problems identified by the industrial partners, with a programme of taught courses tailored to the research project. The Research Engineer's time is split between the IDC, working at the AMRC, and the sponsoring company, with the student typically spending 75% of their time working directly with the sponsors.

What is the difference between the EngD and a PhD?

The Association of Engineering Doctorates lists the following key differences between the PhD and the EngD:


Excellent grounding for someone who is interested in a career as an academic researcher based in a university.


Research is often university based.

Research can be quite abstract or theoretical.


Projects are primarily focussed on research activities.


Helps those with ambitions in business, industry and other non-academic organisations. 


Research engineers studying for an EngD work closely with an industrial sponsor.

Research usually concerns a topic related to the business activities of the industrial sponsor.

Programmes typically combine research and taught courses.

In one key respect, however, the PhD and EngD share a common objective. The test of intellectual contribution for the award of an EngD is at least equivalent of that for a PhD (ie: a distinct 'contribution to knowledge').