Offshore Renewable Energy

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Offshore Renewable Energy is offered by the Industrial Doctoral Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). IDCORE is a partnership of the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Exeter. 

Based within the leading UK offshore energy research Universities and Institutes, the IDCORE programme trains world-class industrially focussed research engineers who will, with the help of sponsoring companies, accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies in order to meet the UK's ambitious offshore renewable energy targets.

Engineering Doctorate (EngD)

The EngD is a four-year doctoral level research and training programme equivalent in academic standing to a conventional PhD but is achieved through research which is much more industrially focused and which is designed to produce graduates who have a sound understanding of the business implications of industrial research activity. It is a four year programme. which combines PhD-level research projects with taught courses, and students spend about 75% of their time working directly with a company.

The research projects are identified by sponsoring companies and concern a topic related to business activities of the industrial sponsor.


Research Engineers spend the first two terms attending an intensive programme of 12 taught courses delivered at the University of Edinburgh. Following the initial period in Edinburgh, they join a sponsoring company to work as a researcher for the rest of the programme.


Applicants should have, or expect to receive a first class honours degree or an international equivalent. Students with an upper second class degree and a subsequent MSc degree will also be considered. It is expected that candidates will have a good understanding of one or more branches of science or engineering, advanced maths, and at least some relevant research experience. Potential applicants should be able to demonstrate: enthusiasm, resourcefulness, creativity, and have a mature approach to learning.


A scholarship that provides a student stipend and covers the tuition fees is available for suitably qualified applicants.

For more information please visit the IDCORE website.

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.