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This internationally-leading joint EngD with IDCORE aims to meet the UK’s ambitious deployment targets for offshore renewable energy technologies.

An EngD is a four year research degree awarded for industrially relevant research, the degree provides a more vocationally oriented approach to obtaining a doctorate in engineering commensurate with that of a PhD.

Led by the University of Exeter at its Penryn Campus and based at the University of Edinburgh, this EngD programme is delivered through a partnership with the universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Exeter together with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and HR-Wallingford.

The programme will allow you to receive postgraduate-level technical and transferable skills training at three leading UK universities in the renewable energy research field together with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and HRWallingford. This university and industry collaboration forms the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), RCUK Energy programme/ETI-funded Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE).

Students will benefit from a vibrant learning environment and, in partnership with industry, will learn to deliver world-class industrially-focused research outcomes that will accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies. This will help the UK to meet its 2020 and 2050 targets for renewable energy generating capacity, and expand and sustain a community of high-quality post-doctoral staff for the UK offshore renewable energy industry.

This programme will produce highly trained scientists and engineers, they will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle current and future offshore renewable energy challenges. This includes developing new techniques and technologies to design, build, install, operate and maintain devices in hostile environments at an affordable economic cost with minimal environmental impact.

This will reinforce and support the UK’s conjoined infrastructure, which begins in the best academic research centres with leading test facilities and extends through a unique combination of demonstration facilities, ultimately to test and deployment sites.

Programme structure

Each Research Engineer will spend approximately 25% (180 credits) of his or her time in a structured training programme.
The following are some examples of the taught modules;
Introduction to Offshore Renewable Technologies; Hydrodynamics of Offshore Renewable Energy Devices; Electromechanical & Electronic Energy Conversion Systems; Marine Renewable Resource Assessment; Economics Tools for Offshore Renewables; Physical Model Testing for Offshore Renewables; Structural Behaviour of Offshore Renewable Energy Devices; Electricity Network Interaction, Integration and Control; Moorings and Reliability and Innovation Design and Manufacturing Management.

Research project

Research Projects will comprise 540 credits, amounting to 75% of the research engineer effort on the EngD. Research Engineers will attend a total of three summer schools during their projects, and will attend the annual Company Day, and appropriate technical conferences

Research projects are proposed by renewable energy companies in wave, tidal and offshore wind energy. Projects are allocated during the first year of the programme, at the beginning of the second semester (in January). The Research Engineer will take an active role in defining his or her professional development programme in line with the needs of the research project and his or her individual aims.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Visit the EngD Offshore Renewable Energy page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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