How are Projects Selected?

Potential sponsors are asked to complete the EngD Industry Sponsorship Proposal Form - please email to request a form.  The IDC Board will (after further consultation with you if necessary) evaluate the proposals against the criteria listed on the Proposal Form.


Examples of our current projects.

What about IPR?


The EngD project is a close partnership between the sponsor and the University, and there will be some joint outputs and publications. We can negotiate IP arrangements, and will follow a reasonable approach to publication (i.e. sponsor prior approval, removal of sensitive information, timing of publication etc).

How are students recruited?


The IDC advertises all EngD projects widely through the relevant channels, and sponsors are also encouraged to advertise the studentships. Candidates must have or expect to obtain a first or good 2:1 degree or strong Masters in a relevant subject. IDC manages the overall recruitment process, but sponsors are encouraged to participate at all stages, including the interview stage.

Key dates

Proposal deadines
We don't have a firm deadline to receive proposals.  The IDC Board reviews EngD project proposals at regular intervals throughout the year, until the EPSRC co-funding is exhausted. Hence early application is recommended.

EngD projects attract interest from final year students, recent graduates and those already in employment.  Our experience shows that many (and the most motivated) final year students start looking for research study / employment between October and January in their final year. So to attract the highest number of strong applicants, project proposals should be submitted August-September of the preceding year, to be ready to advertise from October.

We appreciate this is not always ideal timing for sponsors, however we recommend that you contact the Centre Manager as soon as possible if you are considering submitting a project proposal in the future.

Start Date

All EngD and PhD students start as a cohort in early September.


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