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Engineering Doctorate (EngD)

Our Engineering Doctorate (EngD) will provide you with the technical, business and personal development required to become one of the senior technical managers of the future.

The Southampton EngD in Engineering and the Environment combines advanced technical and management training with PhD level research in collaboration with an industry partner/sponsor.

Projects cover a wide range of topics in the interrelated, and globally critical, areas of engineering and the environment and may be associated with any of the research groups in Engineering. Precise topics each year are determined by the research interests of the sponsoring companies, and may be aligned with our current CDTs in:

We are also recruiting to EngDs in other themes supported by research in our Faculty, e.g. Transport and the Environment or Biomedical Engineering, as long as there is an industry sponsor.

As all our EngD research students are part sponsored by industry, you will have an industrial supervisor as well as a supervisory team at the University. Research projects are developed collaboratively by the academic supervisors and the research student in consultation with the sponsoring company.

Course structure

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is a four-year doctoral research programme, involving a significant taught component. It is an alternative pathway for postgraduate research students; providing the technical, business and personal development competencies needed to become the senior research managers of the future.

The EngD combines advanced technical and commercial skills training with PhD level research, completed in collaboration with an industry sponsor. Sponsoring companies can range in size from SMEs to University spin-outs to multinational organisations. All of our EngD research students are part-sponsored by industry; so you will have an industrial supervisor as well as a supervisory team at the University. Projects cover a wide range of topics, and are offered by all of our Centres for Doctoral Training. Research projects are developed collaboratively by academic supervisors as well as the research student in consultation with their sponsoring company.

The EngD is a four-year course. The first year is University based; students participate in a taught course in advanced technical areas relating to their research, combined with appropriate commercial skills training. Years two to four are spent conducting applied research, with the opportunity to gain valuable industry and commercial experience through placements with the sponsoring company and an ongoing programme of commercial skills development.

Key facts

Start date: typically the last week in September

Study mode and duration: Full-time four years

Entry requirements: Upper second-class (2:1) Honours degree (or equivalent) or above in a relevant subject.

Assessment: Coursework and examinations for first year modules, thesis for research component


Application deadline: Rolling

Funding: University and company studentships are awarded competitively. The value of the stipends vary depending on the level of contribution from the sponsoring company but generally a higher level stipend is available than for a PhD to reflect the prestigious nature of the EngD.

Fees per year: Included as part of the studentship.

How to apply

Applications for our postgraduate research programmes can be made using our online application form. More information about the application process is available here.

“Reading for an EngD at Southampton gave me the academic rigour to originate scientific research from fundamentals and present in manner that advanced the UK and beyond. Through the taught management modules, I was equipped with the language and theory to apply management concepts in the workplace; important knowledge I use every day. Today, I specialise in developing Energy Performance Contracts and growing long term commercial relationships with public sector clients. Without the EngD, I very much doubt that I would have ever seen the places I have travelled to in my work or had the pleasure to work with some of the most creative minds in business and engineering.” Howard Stone WhSch, EngD, CEng, MIMechE; Associate Director, Cynergin.

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Contact us


Tel : +44 (0)23 8059 7705

Professor Philippa Reed, Director of the EngD

Helene Glasspool, Associate Director of the EngD

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