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 EngD students are unusually well-funded. You will receive the tax-free EPSRC stipend (£16,509 in 2019/20). For more information please visit:

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

Not for the EngD. Unfortunately, due to United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) 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. At 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 to the University of Bath's Department of Computer Science, which is open to international students who are interested in studying this area. Read more details here.

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 may 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?

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.

Applications for CDE EngD September 2019 intake are currently open for University of Bath Apply here

This will be assessed both on research potential and academic excellence. Your application may 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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