Applicant FAQs

What are the benefits of studying for an EngD rather than a traditional PhD?

The EngD is a doctorate, equivalent to a PhD. However, the EngD Research Engineer (RE) - pursues a research project while based within a company. The EngD is a qualification for researchers who aim to innovate and lead the development of products, processes and services in industry; REs develop academic strengths and leadership skills, both technical and managerial.  All time spent on an EngD programme is recognised by relevant institutions as contributing towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.  The EngD programme merges experience of industrial involvement (and today's real-world issues) with a doctorate's immersion in research professionalism.  The result: a unique individual with relevant industry knowledge and academic depth, grounded by up to four years of experience.

See for further details about the EngD qualification.

How do I secure an EngD placement with an industry partner company?

Following the first year taught programme a student will undertake up to three years supervised research based in an external industry partner company.  The placement should be secured during the first year of the EngD programme.  Finding a company placement is a joint activity between the EngD student and the CDE staff.  Our list of current industrial partners illustrates where CDE REs have been placed; future REs are expected to be placed with comparable companies.


Which companies do you work with?

Information about our current partner companies can be found here.


Is the programme full-funded?

Yes. CDE students are unusually well-funded. You will receive the tax-free EPSRC stipend (£16,277 in 2018/19). For more information please visit:


I’m an overseas applicant (without Indefinite Leave to Remain); would I be eligible?

No. Unfortunately, due to United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) regulations, we are only allowed to admit citizens of the UK/European Union or applicants who have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.

You might instead be interested in standard PhDs within Bournemouth University.  There are some funded opportunities and also the opportunity to work closely with the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA).  More details can be found here on the funded PhD studentships and here for the NCCA research opportunities.

You might also be interested in applying for Bath's MSc Digital Entertainment. This is not a funded opportunity, but is open to international students who are interested in studying this area. Read more details about the programme.


I’m an applicant from the EU; would I be eligible?

We are able to accept a limited number of EU applicants each year. 


I’m a physicist/mathematician with limited programming knowledge; would I be eligible?

Yes.  Maths and physics degrees typically provide an excellent foundation for this programme.  You would however need to show some evidence of programming experience.  This experience will be required to progress through the EngD successfully.


I’m an artist; would I be eligible?

No. This is a technical programme typically requiring a degree in computer science, maths or physics.


What English language qualifications do I need? 

If English is your second language we normally require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent and at least 6.5 in each element.


What are the entry requirements?

We require a student to have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant subject, typically computer science, maths or physics.


How do I make an application?

Please complete our Online EngD Application Form.  Note that (unless you specify otherwise) your application will be considered by both the University of Bath and Bournemouth University.  You only need to complete one application form.

Is there a deadline for applications?

There is not a strict deadline for applications but we strongly encourage early application, as it is a very competitive process.  More information on the next round of interviews is available on the Applicants page.

What is the application process?

When you are ready to apply, please complete our online EngD application form.

This will be assessed both on research potential and academic excellence. Your application will be considered by both the University of Bath and Bournemouth University (unless you specify otherwise).  If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to interview. The panel will normally consist of the Centre Director, the Project Coordinator and an academic from your research area of interest. There will also be an opportunity to look around the campus, meet current students and ask any questions you might have. After the interview, a decision will be made as to whether to offer a place or not.

Successful students start in September of each year.

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