Postgraduate study

Offshore Renewable Energy (Industrial Doctorate Centre)

Awards: EngD

Study modes: Full-time

Funding available

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).

For more details about the programme, and examples of current student projects please see the IDCORE website:

You will spend the first two terms attending an intensive programme of 12 taught courses delivered by internationally renowned academic staff from the partner universities.

These first two semesters provide you with the skills required to get started on your research and to succeed in an industry environment. Practical courses teach important laboratory and fieldwork skills, while a group design project helps you develop teamworking skills and apply your knowledge.

Following this initial period of teaching, you will join a sponsoring company to work as a researcher for the rest of the programme. The industrial research is supplemented by summer schools delivered in Oban, Wallingford and Falmouth, and online integrated studies in management, business, innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship.

At the end of the research work you will deliver either a doctoral thesis or a portfolio of related project work that is examined for the award of an EngD in Offshore Renewable Energy, which is a joint degree from the Universities of Edinburgh, Exeter and Strathclyde.

You will have access to facilities in the UK's leading offshore energy research universities, institutes, and industry.

IDCORE staff, students and partners have access to unrivalled expertise, experience, capacity and infrastructure. The innovative and multi-disciplinary training is supplemented by unique testing experimental facilities, offshore measurement systems, accelerated fatigue testing facilities, survey vessels, and field study areas.

Research engineers also benefit from to the world-class facilities available at partner institutions for the purpose of the research project.

The minimum entry requirement is a UK first-class degree, or its international equivalent. Students with a 2:1 degree and a subsequent MSc degree with distinction and substantial relevant work experience will also be considered.

It is expected that candidates will have a good understanding of one or more branches of science or engineering and at least some relevant research experience.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

Find out more about our language requirements:

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.

  • Ksenia Siedlecka, IDCORE Manager
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 9023
  • Email: info@idcore.ac.uk
  • IDCORE
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Faraday Building, Mayfield Road
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JL

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit two references with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Ksenia Siedlecka, IDCORE Manager
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 9023
  • Email: info@idcore.ac.uk
  • IDCORE
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Faraday Building, Mayfield Road
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JL