The Engineering Doctorate Centre, based at The University of Nottingham, was established in partnership with the Midlands Energy Consortium – comprising the universities of Nottingham, Loughborough and Birmingham – and a number of industry leaders within the power generation sector.
It offers research engineers the chance to train as industry experts ready to implement new super-efficient electricity-generating technologies, using fossil energy with near-zero emissions through carbon capture. They have access to first-rate research facilities across the partner universities and have dedicated office space.
The four-year doctoral programme equips research engineers with the knowledge and expertise to conduct cutting-edge research and work within highly-skilled multi-disciplinary teams. It comprises a core and optional taught modules in:
- advanced specialist technical aspects of power generation, and materials capture and storage
- contextual and management topics, focusing on wider societal, cultural, ethical, political and global issues relating to energy generation
- professional and research skills training
This course requires a 2.1 or international equivalent and/or a master's degree at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element).
Annual summer schools, in the UK and China, present unique opportunities to learn more about the challenges of meeting increasing global energy demands. Research engineers also complete research projects with the Centre’s industrial partners and have opportunities to publish their research and present their findings at appropriate conferences.
Research engineers register at one of the three universities but spend the majority of the time at their host company from towards the end of the first year to undertake the research project element of the programme.
The prime objective of the Centre in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies is to produce research leaders to tackle the major national and international challenges over the next 15 years in implementing new power plant to generate electricity more efficiently using fossil energy with near zero emissions. These challenges involve the successful demonstration of CO2 capture and technologies to reduce CO2 emissions more generally from coal utilisation, including iron making and smokeless fuel production.
The distinguishing features of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) are its four year duration, higher stipend than normal PhDs, and the requirement that most of the time (about three years) is spent conducting research in industry.
Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each PhD student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors. We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps who are available if you have a query about procedures relating to research study, are concerned about your progress or the facilities available.
All PhD students are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme, this is a structured programme of training drawing on formal external frameworks such as Joint Skills Statement , the Research Development Framework (RDF) and the Research Council guidance. The Engineering and Science Research Council (EPSRC) has recognised our Faculty programme as a sector leading standard of postgraduate research development and training.
The faculty has excellent links with industry and will ensure you develop transferable skills that will be of benefit in a variety of careers. You will also have access to the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme.
- Entry requirements: 2.1 (or international equivalent) and / or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject
- IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element)
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Last updated February 14, 2018