Research course

Sustainability for Engineering and Energy Systems

University of Surrey · Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or upper second-class degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent overseas qualification, or a lower second. A good Masters degree will be advantageous. All candidates should meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The SEES Engineering Doctorate is a four-year programme for those who aspire to key leadership positions in industry and to driving change in the transition to a more sustainable, lower carbon economy. The programme is equivalent to a PhD, but has one major difference – the student spends the majority of their time at a sponsor organisation’s premises working on their commercial research priorities. Students return to the university for training to develop specialist technical knowledge and exceptional business skills.

From optimising the management of large-scale complex networks, through the long-term behaviour and interactions of structures and soils with their surroundings, down to the development of new materials and the monitoring and control of air and water quality, our research seeks to support the design, delivery and management of efficient and sustainable infrastructure in the widest of contexts.

Projects are advertised as they become available, all through the year.

Information for international students

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5 and minimum by component: 6.0

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The EngD programme is funded principally by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the University of Surrey and by our sponsor organisations. Students receive a stipend of around £19,500 per annum, normally tax free. We also pay fees.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 684 036