The key stages in the application process described below are:
Candidates will be selected for their academic suitability for the research project and potential to achieve a senior managerial position in an industrial research and development environment. Therefore, the collaborating company and the Centre will jointly interview and select suitable applicants. Successful applicants enrolled on Industrial Doctorate programmes are referred to as Research Engineers. Research engineers can be existing employees of the collaborating company (“Industry Employed”), or a non-employee funded by an EPSRC Studentship award, or other arrangement (“Industry Sponsored”).
The minimum qualification for entry onto the EngD programme is an Upper Second (2:1) class degree from a UK academic institution (or equivalent), in a discipline relevant to the research project. Applicants without a recognised degree may be acceptable if they can demonstrate significant, relevant industrial experience, e.g. candidates who can provide documentary evidence of peer reviewed technical reports or papers, or who hold responsible positions within a company.
Candidates without the full academic qualifications who have achieved Chartered status may also be considered acceptable.
A suitable industrial research project and sponsoring company must be agreed prior to enrolment on the EngD programme. There are three ways to identify a suitable project:
Funding arrangements do not need to be confirmed prior to making a formal application, however, it is a condition of enrolment that candidates must be able to demonstrate that sufficient funding will be available for the duration of their chosen programme.
An EPSRC Studentship award covers tuition fees and provides a stipend for subsistence. To be eligible for an EPSRC studentship candidates must demonstrate a relevant connection with the UK, usually through being ordinarily resident for a period of three years immediately before the date of application for an award. Ordinarily resident means not wholly or mainly resident for the purpose of full time education. A relevant connection may be established for a student who is an EU national if the student has been in full time education in the UK throughout the three years preceding the start date of their doctorate.
These eligibility criteria are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997 and subsequent amendments, covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Nationals of other member states of the European Union are eligible for fees-only awards if they are resident in their own country in the same way that other candidates are required to be resident in the UK (see previous section).
Candidates who are not eligible for a Studentship award are welcome to apply provided that can demonstrate alternative arrangements to support themselves financially and to pay their tuition fees. For information on current tuition fees please contact the relevant institution, either the University of Bristol or Bath according to where the project for which you wish to apply is supervised.
Applications should be submitted to the institution supervising the industrial research project for which you wish to apply. If the project or supervising university is not known at the time of application, please submit your application to the University of Bristol, Industrial Doctorate Centre in Systems.
Please contact the IDC in Systems directly with informal enquiries.
Formal applications have to be made through the University of Bristol Post Graduate admissions on-line system.
Information about PG programmes at the University of Bristol and how to apply is available in the online postgraduate prospectus
IDC in Systems Administrator,
School of Management,
University of Bath.
Tel: 01225 386543.
For further information or to discuss any item on this page please contact the Systems Centre