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LSCITS Teaching Programme

Teaching MaterialsThe LSCITS EngD Website is live at www.lscits.org/engd

The content on this webpage is also available in four pdf-format LSCITS publicity flyers:

1. Training Programme Overview

2. Engineering Doctorate (EngD) Core Taught Modules

3. Engineering Doctorate (EngD) Options and Pathways

4. Engineering Doctorate (EngD) September 2008 Entry Details

Note: Final formal approval for the LSCITS EngD was granted by the University of York at the end of 2007, and EPSRC funding was approved in Feb 2008. First intake to the EngD is planned for April 2009. If you wish to apply, you will need these forms:

(A) The EngD application form (as .doc or as .pdf).

(B) The equal opportunities monitoring form (as .doc or as .pdf).

(C) The instructions for referees (as .doc or as .pdf).


The LSCITS Training Programme is centered on the delivery of an innovative, custom-designed, world-class Engineering Doctorate (EngD). The EngD is a full doctoral-level qualification that is much more industrially focused than the traditional academic PhD. The first phase of the LSCITS EngD will launch in April 2009, and is intended to graduate at least 40 students over the period 2012-2015. The degree will be 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, will come from industrial sponsors. Inquiries from new sponsors are always welcome.

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EngD or PhD?

While a traditional PhD education is an excellent grounding for someone intent on pursing a career as an academic researcher based in a university, it has been recognised for some time that an equivalent qualification 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. The UK’s Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme was set up more than a decade ago to meet this need. Various British universities now house a total of over 20 EngD centres. Each centre is focused on a particular problem-domain or theme, and several involve partnerships between multiple collaborating universities and industrial partners.

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.

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