Studying with IDCORE

As an IDCORE student you will be primarily based within your sponsoring company, spending around 75% of your time there, following a 4 year programme leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD).

Whilst requiring the same level of academic rigour as a PhD, EngD programmes provide an alternative, vocationally-oriented, doctorate designed to:

  • Meet the needs of industry and enhance its knowledge base
  • Provide graduates with challenging research in an industrial context
  • Prepare graduates for leadership positions in industry
  • Produce exploitable outcomes from research
  • Generate partnerships between academia and industry

The real difference between Phd and EngD is that you will be undertaking a project which tackles a genuine commercial problem in a real-world environment, and offers the chance to develop thorough research and commercial skills. This broad training will make you (along with other EngD graduates) extremely employable. Project areas are agreed between the sponsoring companies and the IDCORE management in order to ensure that your work meets the standards needed for the award of an EngD.

As with traditional PhDs, assessment is by viva following the submission of either a doctoral thesis or a portfolio of related project work - in both cases an original contribution must be made. You must also pass all of the taught courses which make up the programme.


Tuition fees for academic session 2016/2017:

  • UK/EU students: £4,121 per annum
  • Overseas students: £18,100 per annum

A scholarship that provides a student stipend of £18,295 rising to £20,250 and covers the tuition fees is available for suitably qualified applicants. There are normally ten of these scholarships available for each intake of students and they are awarded competitively. Details of eligibility conditions can be found on the EPSRC website.

IDCORE Research Engineers, group photo with David Ingram on steps of Sanderson Building, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
First cohort of IDCORE Research Engineers with Professor David Ingram