Offshore Renewable Energy (Engineering Doctorate), Ph. D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The IDCORE is a partnership of the Universities of Edinburgh, Exeter, and Strathclyde, Scottish Association for Marine Science, and HR Wallingford. These UKs leading offshore energy research universities and institutes offer a world-class Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme in Offshore Renewable Energy. The IDCORE programme will:

  • train you to deliver world-class industrially focussed research that accelerates the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies
  • provide you with a reflective and critical understanding of the key concepts relating to the energy conversion and environmental impact
  • equip you with an understanding of project financing and management as well as key management and leadership skills.

Project Type: Engineering Doctorate

Please apply by completing the Online Application Form from our programme website.

  • You will need to provide a copy of your degree certificate and transcript, two references, and if your degree was not taught in English, English translation of the degree certificate and transcript are required
  • Please also upload your CV and a covering letter under unspecified document
  • If you are eligible for the IDCORE full studentship and you would like to be considered, please indicate it the online application.
  • If you are not eligible for the IDCORE full studentship, please state the types of scholarship funding that you will be applying for.
  • Please note that applicants should not include a research proposal in the online application.
  • Applications for September 2013 entry must be received by 30th of April. Late applications might be considered. Interviews will take place in December 2012, March & May 2013

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Predefined

Programme Structure

Research Engineers

EngD students are known as Research Engineers. They follow a programme based on three elements: 1) Postgraduate-level training 2) Transferable skills and engineering leadership 3) Research.

As a Research Engineer you will spend your first two terms of the four-year programme attending an intensive programme of 12 taught courses delivered at the University of Edinburgh. These first two terms provide you with the skills needed to survive within an industry environment and to get started on your research activities. You will be taught by staff from across the consortium and experts from industry. Practical courses will teach you important laboratory and fieldwork skills, while a group design project will help you to develop team working skills and use knowledge gained during the taught programme.

Following this initial period in Edinburgh you will join your sponsoring company to work as a researcher for rest of the programme. Your industrial research will be supplemented by summer schools delivered in Oban, Wallingford and Falmouth; and integrated studies in management, business, innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship, delivered online to maximise their relevance to your experience within your company.

As with traditional PhDs, at the end of your research work, assessment is by viva following the submission of either a doctoral thesis or a portfolio of related project work that will be examined for the award of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Offshore Renewable Energy.

The minimum entry requirement is a UK first-class degree, or its international equivalent. Students with an upper second class degree and a subsequent MSc degree with distinction or substantial relevant work experience will also be considered.

It is expected that candidates will have a good understanding of one or more branches of science or engineering and at least some relevant research experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, creativity, resourcefulness and a mature approach to learning.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 18280 International
  • EUR 4520 EU/EEA

UK/EU students: £3,900 per annum; Overseas students: £15,750 per annum



A scholarship that provides a student stipend of £15,090, rising to £17,000, covers the tuition fees and is available for suitably qualified applicants. There are normally 10 of these scholarships available for each intake of students and they are awarded competitively.

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees) you must:

  • have settled status in the UK
  • normally reside in the UK for three years prior to the start of the grant
  • not be residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals.)

Students from EU countries other than the UK are eligible for a fees-only award if they are ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU. There is a small quota of full studentships for exceptional EU and international candidates. Applications from self-funded candidates will also be considered.

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