Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering

About the EngD

About the EngD Programme

What is the essence of the EngD?

Who can participate in the scheme?

The EngD programme at Loughborough is open to graduates in an appropriate branch of civil/construction engineering provided that they are articulate, well qualified and highly motivated. The minimum entry qualification is a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. A lower qualification is acceptable if supplemented with an appropriate postgraduate (MSc) qualification. Applications are particularly welcome from experienced engineers who are already employed within the construction industry.

‌The advantages to those already employed in industry are:

‌For students wishing to begin a career in industry, they:

How does the programme operate?

The Research Engineers are expected to spend a large proportion (typically 70-80%) of their time at the premises of their collaborating company, depending on the nature of the project. To support the Research Engineers, packages of training courses will be individually tailored to their needs in order to develop a wider range of competencies in engineering business management, as well as specialist technical subjects. This taught component will be assessed and form an integral part of the degree.

What are the Research Areas?

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What sort of projects?

The projects must demonstrate innovation in the application of knowledge to the engineering business. The work has to make a significant contribution to the performance of the company and thus has to be in the mainstream, not a 'student' project on the sidelines.

The projects must include a thorough analysis of opinions, based on best practice elsewhere, and must demonstrate key competencies such as project planning and control. These competencies will be ensured by projects being designed jointly by the academics, sponsoring company (with, when recruited, the candidate), with agreed objectives, deliverables and timescales and regular monitoring against these targets.

What does the Research Engineer achieve?

A 'Doctor of Engineering' (EngD) is awarded on successful completion. The Research Engineer should be capable of applying the knowledge and expertise acquired in a business environment in a disciplined, innovative and penetrating way. This is seen as an important element in the achievement of competitiveness of British engineering businesses.

The Research Engineers will be expected to have developed competencies in the following areas:

What is the role of the industrial sponsor?

Every Research Engineer must be sponsored by an industrial partner. The industrial partner will be involved in the selection of candidates, and in selecting the pattern of course work for their sponsored Research Engineer (RE).

The major benefit to the industrial sponsor is that normally most of the project work is undertaken in the company by the RE. This will involve solving a challenging engineering problem that may result in significant cost-savings to the company.

How is the programme funded?

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC, will provide the Research Engineer with support for up to four years. The RE is funded in one of two ways:

In both cases, a training allowance is available for each RE to attend conferences, seminars etc over the four years of study. This allowance is managed by the Centre.

How is the EngD assessed?

The EngD is assessed by a collection of published papers and a discourse of no more than 20,000 words setting out the aims, objectives, findings and industrial relevance/impact of the research work undertaken. The submission shall include a minimum of 3 published (peer reviewed) papers or papers accepted for publication, of which at least one should be in an appropriate engineering journal. Candidates are also expected to satisfy the requirements of the taught modules.

What are the commitment and supervision requirements?

All Research Engineers are registered on the EngD degree programme as full-time candidates for a period of 4 years. It is therefore essential that REs day to day work and EngD research are aligned and integrated. Attendance on modules varies from two to six weeks per annum depending on the participants? qualifications and experience. In addition, it is advisable to allow at least one day per month to visit the academic supervisor and to attend individual workshops and seminars connected with the EngD.



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