Taught course

Offshore Renewable Energy (Industrial Doctorate Centre)

University of Edinburgh · School of Engineering and Electronics
EngD by taught

Entry requirements

A UK first class honours degree, or its international equivalent.

We will also consider your application if you have a UK 2:1 honours degree and a MSc degree with distinction, or their international equivalents, and substantial relevant work experience.

We expect you to have a good understanding of one or more branches of science or engineering and some relevant research experience.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) is a partnership of the Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Exeter, together with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and the research association HR Wallingford.

IDCORE’s four-year engineering doctorate programme is a doctoral-level research and training programme, equivalent in academic standing to a conventional PhD, but achieved through research that is much more industrially focused.

It is designed to produce graduates who have a sound understanding of the business implications of industrial research. EngD students follow a programme based on three elements:

  • postgraduate-level training
  • transferable skills and engineering leadership
  • research

Our research accelerates the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies, positioning the UK to meet its 2020 and 2050 targets for renewable energy generating capacity.

You will be undertaking a project that tackles a genuine commercial problem in a real-world environment, and offering the chance to develop thorough research and commercial skills. Projects are proposed by the offshore renewable energy companies. Project areas are agreed between the sponsoring companies and the IDCORE management in order to ensure that your work meets the standards needed for the award of an EngD. Students are matched with a research project at the beginning of the second semester of teaching programme (in January).

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international student at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding.

Qualification and course duration

EngD by taught

full time
48 months

Course contact details

IDCORE Manager
+44 (0)131 650 5573