Education in LSCITS

One of the LSCITS Initiative's goals was to provide the next generation of expert engineers in LSCITS related issues.

IT HAS BEEN RECOGNISED for some time that an equivalent qualification to a PhD with a different emphasis would better serve the requirements of business, industry, and other non-academic organisations where the need for enterprising and commercially successful research and innovation plays a key role. While a traditional PhD education is an excellent grounding for someone intent on pursing a career as an academic researcher based in a university, an EngD student studies to the same postgraduate level but gains an industrial edge. There are several sistinctive features over traditional PhDs:

  • They are based at and work with a sponsoring organisation

  • Their project is current and relevant to today's industry

  • There is a taught element comprising core and optional modules

  • Students can apply for the programme at any stage of their career from graduate to experienced.

EngD students, known as Research Engineers (REs), are required to pass a number of taught courses (similar in style and content to those found on master of science, or master of business administration, degree courses), and then to pursue independent research leading to the submission of a doctoral thesis. The thesis should be single coherent document, but may be based on a portfolio of related research studies.

THE LSCITS TRAINING PROGRAMME was specifically designed to prepare students for a senior role in industry and commerce and is centered on the delivery of an innovative, custom-designed, world-class Engineering Doctorate (EngD). The EngD is a full doctoral-level qualification with a strong industry focus. The first phase of the LSCITS EngD launched in April 2009, and was intended to graduate at least 40 students over the period 2012-2015. The degree is centered at the University of York, with teaching and supervision from senior faculty at the Universities of Bristol, Leeds, Oxford, St Andrews, and York. The UK’s Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has reserved funds of £4.1m to support this EngD. Additional support of £5.3m, in cash or in kind, has come from industrial sponsors.