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Offshore Renewable Energy (Industrial Doctorate Centre), EngD

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Offshore Renewable Energy (Industrial Doctorate Centre) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh is a four-year engineering doctorate programme is a doctoral-level research and training programme, equivalent in academic standing to a conventional PhD, but achieved through research that is much more industrially focused.
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The Offshore Renewable Energy (Industrial Doctorate Centre) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh addresses future challenges to develop leading technologies and train the world-class scientists and engineers essential for the UK to sustain its global lead in the ORE sector. It takes an integrated approach to the whole ORE system from the wind and oceans to the end user, with experts from many disciplines contributing to a taught programme delivered in a research environment using state of the art facilities.

Strong engagement with industry allows us to train the next generation of researchers and innovators to develop and deliver the necessary new technologies, know-how and capacity. IDCORE delivers:

  • A strong, focus on engineering, science and inter-disciplinary training to address the need to supply sustainable, affordable, and resilient energy contributing to industrial and economic growth while reducing carbon emissions.
  • Impact from excellent research in integrated vertical and cross-cutting inter-disciplinary themes from ocean to the end-user including: resource analysis; offshore energy generation & delivery technologies; data science & technology; materials science; marine science & environment; deployment and O&M strategies; autonomous technologies; bioenergy; energy storage; complementary energy vectors; energy policy; socio-economic impact; and, blue-energy literacy.
  • Training of research students throughout the full life cycle of research by providing an academic and industrial environment, spanning theory to practice and including responsible research and innovation, ethical engineering, data management, commercialisation, entrepreneurship, leader-ship and societal engagement skills.

You will be undertaking a project that tackles a genuine commercial problem in a real-world environment, offering the chance to develop both research and commercial skills. Projects are proposed by offshore renewable energy companies in areas 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. Students are matched with a research project at the beginning of the second semester of teaching programme (in January).


IDCORE students will use world leading facilities across the consortium, including:

  • Edinburgh: FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility, the new FASTBLADE dynamic test facility, Edinburgh Computing & Data Facility, and ARCHER.
  • Exeter: FaBTest, South West Mooring Test Facility and Dynamic Marine Component Test Facility.
  • Strathclyde: Kelvin Hydrodynamics Laboratory and Power Networks Demonstration Centre.

Students will also access facilities through their sponsoring companies.

Our previous students have used ORE Catapult’s Nautilus powertrain test rig and HV electrical infrastructure laboratory, worked with wave machines deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre, on grid connected tidal turbines and offshore on large arrays of wind turbines. The partners also provide all IDCORE students to access their existing facilities including IT, library, general doctoral training and student support services.

The Kelvin Hydrodynamics Lab is one of the leading providers of testing services to the UK off-shore energy industry. The 76m x 4.6m x 2.5m tank provides repeatable and controllable conditions for testing of power capture, survivability, and fluid loading on fixed, floating, and subsea offshore renewable energy devices and components in waves and currents.



Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • You will spend the first two terms attending an intensive programme of 12 taught courses delivered by internationally renowned academic staff from the partner universities.
  • These first two semesters provide you with the skills required to get started on your research and to succeed in an industry environment. Practical courses teach important laboratory and fieldwork skills, while a group design project helps you develop teamworking skills and apply your knowledge.
  • Following this initial period of teaching, you will join a sponsoring company to work as a researcher for the rest of the programme. The industrial research is supplemented by summer schools delivered in Oban, Wallingford and Falmouth, and online integrated studies in management, business, innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class
Recommended score: First Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of First Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A UK first class honours degree, or its international equivalent.
  • We will also consider your application if you have a UK 2:1 honours degree and a MSc degree with distinction, or their international equivalents, and substantial relevant work experience.
  • We expect you to have a good understanding of one or more branches of science or engineering and some relevant research experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23500 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • EPSRC/NERC funding is available to UK students or EU students who have been living in the UK for 3 or more years.
  • If you are not eligible for EPSRC/NERC funding then you are welcome to apply but you must demonstrate that you have a potential source of funding to cover your fees and living costs.

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