Postgraduate study

Offshore Renewable Energy (Industrial Doctorate Centre)

Awards: EngD

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.

A UK first class honours degree, or its international equivalent.

We will also consider your application if you have a UK 2:1 honours degree and a MSc degree with distinction, or their international equivalents, and substantial relevant work experience.

We expect you to have a good understanding of one or more branches of science or engineering and some relevant research experience.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • 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(A): 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

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

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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.

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Further information

  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Sanderson Building
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3FB