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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

Curriculum-based component of EngD Research Programme in Innovative and Collaborative Engineering

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award Doctor of Engineering (EngD); Exit routes: MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert
Programme title Engineering Doctorate
Programme code CVRE11/CVRE12
Length of programme 4 years, full time
UCAS code
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 22 Jun 2020 16:01:23 BST

1. Programme Aims

1.1 EngD Programme Aims 

The primary aim of the EngD is to develop engineers who are capable of demonstrating innovation in the application of knowledge to the construction and engineering sectors.  The aims of the programme are to: 

  • Provide a programme that both promotes and facilitates the exchange of ideas, knowledge, experience, and skills for Research Engineers, companies and academics.
  • Stimulate and deliver research and innovation with a strong business industry-based focus, whilst contributing to the body of knowledge in a particular industrial sector or multidisciplinary theme.
  • Produce high calibre doctoral graduates with a strong level of technical, managerial and business competence who can drive industry innovation and UK business competitiveness. 

1.2 Core (60 Credits) Taught Programme Aims

  • Provide Research Engineers with the necessary experience and knowledge to undertake rigorous, leading edge industry-based research.
  • Facilitate knowledge acquisition of a range of research methodologies to deliver business sector specific research and innovation.
  • Equip students with the necessary training and skills to undertake a study of a real life problem within an industrial context.
  • Enable candidates to acquire a wide range of transferable management and professional development skills within engineering and construction. 

1.3 Additional (120 Credit) Taught Programme Aims

  • Provide Research Engineers with experience of the process and methodology of research by defining and studying a complex problem in a specialised area relating to their degree.
  • Acquire the capabilities and professionalism to deliver novel research in one of the five main research areas: sustainable design and construction; construction technologies and business processes; projects and organisation; digital technologies and processes; or, transport and infrastructure.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

The Research Engineer (RE) 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 construction and engineering businesses.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

The programme aims to develop and test the students in a range of competencies as listed below:

  • Development of innovative thinking, while tackling real industrial problems.
  • Continual broadening, by gaining and applying new knowledge from a modular taught programme.
  • Expert knowledge of an engineering/applied science area.
  • The ability to apply his/her skills and knowledge to new and unusual situations.
  • The ability to seek optimal, viable solutions to multi-faceted engineering problems and to search out relevant information sources.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Research and innovation skills within a construction and/or an engineering context.
  • Project and programme management skills.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Expert knowledge of a construction and/or an engineering area.
  • Appreciation of industrial research and development culture.
  • Programme and project management skills against realistic timescales.
  • Financial project planning and control.
  • Teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Communication – oral and written, digital, technical and non-technical.
  • Technical organisational skills.
  • The ability to apply skills and knowledge to new and unusual situations.
  • The ability to seek optimal, viable solutions to multi-faceted engineering problems and to search out relevant information sources.

4. Programme structure

All Research Engineers who are registered on the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme at CICE are required to register for and satisfy the requirements for the curriculum-based component of the programme.  The purpose of the taught modules is to develop knowledge and understanding of a number of business and technical subjects.

The curriculum-based component of the programme requires a minimum modular weight of 60 and a maximum of 180 credits to be taken.  Permission from the Programme Director should be sought by students wishing to take the 60 credits route.  Credit must be achieved in all modules to enable progression on the programme.  The curriculum-based component of the EngD programme must be completed within the first two years of the EngD programme.

All candidates shall register at the beginning of their programme and subsequently at the beginning of each academic year for the modules which they are taking in that year, subject to their satisfactory progress in research and the extension of their registration for the Degree of EngD in accordance with paragraph 4.4 of the Regulations for Higher Degrees by Research.  Candidates are not eligible to register for modules whilst they remain in debt to the University.

The Degree of Master of Science, the PGDip and the PGCert shall be awarded as an exit route only.

The programme is split into a taught and research element.  The taught element is undertaken in the first two years.  Thus through teaching in lectures, tutorials and workshops.  Coursework and examinations are used for assessment.

The research is undertaken over the whole 4 years but mainly in the last two years of the programme.  The Research Engineers must submit an EngD Thesis which consists of a discourse and published peer-reviewed papers at the end of their study.  They are examined via a Viva.

The taught component is assessed and forms an integral part of the degree.  Participants will be expected to attend the University to take these modules which are mainly based on the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering’s Masters Degree Programmes.  REs have the option to take a limited set of modules from other Schools in the University, if available.

For the degree of EngD the basis of assessment, following satisfactory completion of the curriculum-based element, shall be one of the following:

1)       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 journal.

2)       Where the nature of the research programme made the production of publications unlikely, technical reports should be included in lieu of published papers. Such technical reports shall have been subject to external assessment. The reports shall be accompanied by a discourse of no more than 20,000 words setting out the aims, objectives, findings and industrial/relevance impact of the research work undertaken.


4.1  Students registered from October 2010 onwards

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Code Module Title Modular Weight Semester
CVP319 Research Methods 15 1
CVP038 EngD Short Project 15 2
CVP034 Management & Professional Development 1  15 1&2


Optional modules

One 15 credit module selected in each semester from any suitable postgraduate module offered in the School or University.


Year 2

Compulsory modules

Code Module Title Modular Weight Semester
CVP015 Research Dissertation 90 1&2
CVP035 Management & Professional Development 2  15 1&2


For students who do not complete the EngD programme, an exit award of MSc Construction Innovation and Management (CVPT38) may be applicable.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI and Regulation XXVI. 

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Not applicable.

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