The minimum academic entry requirements for a Doctorate programme are either i) a First class UK Honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD, ii) an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above and Masters award at Merit level in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD or iii) equivalent international qualifications.
In addition, applicants must have at least 5-6 years of industrial experience in maintenance and reliability and already be working in industry.
Months of entry
The Professional Doctorate (DProf) Programme is a unique opportunity for practising engineers and professionals already working in industry to do applied research in the area of plant maintenance, reliability and asset management. As this is a distance learning programme, candidates can study the DProf from outside the UK while continuing their employment.
At the end of the programme, candidates will make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in general, and to their workplace specifically. The results of this research shall then be published in high standard/quality journals and finally needs to be submitted in the thesis form for the final examination.
The research project is intended to address a real plant issues in maintenance (reliability) engineering and asset management. The research outcome must be innovative work e.g. development of new method(s) in the plant maintenance and reliability engineering, novel industrial application of different methods, innovative field trials to reduce plant maintenance overhead and enhance plant reliability etc. To achieve this aim, candidates will demonstrate an ability to meet the intended learning outcomes:
- To discover, interpret and communicate new knowledge through original applied industrial research in maintenance, reliability and asset management.
- To produce research outputs that are publishable in high quality journals.
- To present and defend research outcomes which extend the forefront of a discipline or relevant area of professional practice.
- To systematically demonstrate extensive knowledge of the subject area and expertise in generic and subject/professional skills.
- To independently and proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses to design, develop and implement plans by which to evaluate these.
- To critically and creatively evaluate current plant issues, research and professional practice.
- To develop advanced levels of interests and informed decisions about a discipline and/or professional practice.
- To clearly communicate research findings and conclusions.
- To make an original contribution to their chosen field.
Information for international students
All applicants must obtain an approved English language qualification at the required score, such as:
IELTS greater than or equal to 7.0 or equivalent (with no sub-test less than 6.0) or
English language test validity: Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.
Other international entry requirements : We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. If you have an alternative English language qualification and you would like to enquire if it meets our English language requirements, please email a copy of the qualification to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to advise you further.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
- +44 (0)161 275 4345