Postgraduate study

Sensor and Imaging Systems EngD

Awards: EngD

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Sensor and Imaging Systems

Sensor and imaging systems (SIS) are central to modern life, and appear in fields as diverse as transport, biomedicine, agriculture and environmental monitoring.

Academically equivalent to a PhD, the EngD focuses on sensor research in a commercial environment, supplemented by Masters-level technical training and MBA-style business courses.

Projects all have an industry sponsor and you will spend up to 75% of your time working on-site with that company, under the direction of an industrial supervisor and an academic supervisor from the University.

You will undertake two semesters of research-focused training, delivered by internationally renowned academic staff. The first semester is based in Glasgow and the second in Edinburgh.

The curriculum has a substantial overlap with that of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrative Sensing & Measurement and much of the training involves working together as a cohort or in smaller groups. It includes:

  • the fundamentals and applications of sensor and imaging systems
  • focused practical courses on laboratory skills
  • creativity, dissemination, advocacy, enterprise and transferable skills

This is followed by a 40-month research project, based in a sponsoring company, and business and management courses offered by Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Business School.

You will normally be matched with a company and project when your offer of a place is made. Projects reflect varied applications of sensing and measurement, across a range of sensing modalities – physical, chemical, mechanical, optical and more.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

Entry is competitive, so we would prefer a UK first class honours degree, or its international equivalent, in engineering, physics, chemistry or another relevant physical science.

We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience, or a background in another field.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section

  • PTE Academic: total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 22/03/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
EngDSensor and Imaging Systems4 YearsFull-timeTuition fees

Scholarships covering fees and a stipend are available for suitably qualified, eligible applicants. There are normally four scholarships, awarded competitively, each year. Awards cover all tuition costs. Self-funded applicants will also be considered. Four EngD scholarships are awarded annually.

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Scottish Microelectronics Centre
  • School of Engineering
  • Alexander Crum Brown Road
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3FF

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.

This programme operates a two-stage application process and you should only apply here once you have an offer of a place. Email us to start your application or to make an informal enquiry:

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

Further information

  • Scottish Microelectronics Centre
  • School of Engineering
  • Alexander Crum Brown Road
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3FF