Regulations for the Degree of Engineering Doctorate (EngD)

The Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes ("the Regulations and Code") will apply to this degree, except where separate provision is made below.

The relevant sections of the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes will apply to the assessment of the taught component of these degrees.

 1.   Approved programmes of study

The degree of EngD may be awarded only in subjects approved by Senate. The subjects currently available are:       

Each of these has a specified programme of study comprising a taught and research component.

2    Period of study

The normal minimum period of study is three years full-time or six years part-time.

The normal maximum period of study is four years full-time or seven years part-time.

Full-time EngD students who were registered before 24 September 2018 have a maximum period of study of five years. Any new full-time EngD students who register through a doctoral training entity on an established EngD programme that was set up before 24 September 2018 will also have a maximum period of study of five years. Doctoral training entities set up on or after 24 September 2018, including those that have been re-established following a re-bidding process, have a four-year normal maximum period of study for full-time EngD students.

3.    Qualification for the award

A candidate will qualify for the EngD by:

a)  passing the specified taught component;

b)  carrying out research at doctoral level and submitting a dissertation by the end of the specified period of study; and

c)  passing the final oral examination for the research component (as set out in Section 9 of the Regulations and Code).

4.    Exit awards

If a candidate wishes, or is required, to withdraw before completing the research component of an EngD they may qualify for one of the taught exit awards specified in the relevant programme of study.

5.    Content and length of dissertation

(a)  In addition to the standard criteria for assessment of a research degree as specified in Annex 7, a candidate for an EngD must also demonstrate a clear appreciation of the industrial context and significance of their research.

(b)  A candidate may not submit as their dissertation work which has already been submitted for an academic award of any degree awarding body. However, a candidate may incorporate part of such work provided this is clearly stated and the relevant work is clearly referenced in the dissertation.

(c)   Dissertations should not exceed 80,000 words, excluding references, appendices and lists of contents. 

6.   Candidature by Published Work

It is also permissible for the EngD to be undertaken through candidature by published work. The requirements and guidance on candidature by published work are held in the Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Annex 1 above, where references to PhD should be read as EngD.