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Innovation Centre for Sensor & Imaging Systems

Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Sensor and Imaging Systems Information for Industry

EngD: Delivering high-level research talent for industry As part of its remit to support training and skills development, CENSIS provides funding to support up to 15 research studentships via the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Sensor and Imaging Systems.

The EngD is a cost-effective solution for companies of all sizes to engage in high-level R&D

EngD places an emphasis on industrially focused research in a commercial environment, supplemented with a taught programme comprising technical and business studies elements. EngD students - known as Research Engineers (REs) - work on research of interest to an industry sponsor, and spend the majority of their time on site at the company’s premises. Academically equivalent to a traditional PhD, it is aimed at able and ambitious graduates looking for a longterm career in industry.

Programme Structure EngD is a full-time, four-year programme, comprising:



~~REs spend up to 75% of the total programme on-site with the sponsoring company






~~All projects have at least one industry sponsor ~~Research is driven and directed by the sponsoring company




TAUGHT STUDY ~~Completed full-time in Year 1, or part-time over Years 1-3 of the programme

Following completion of the programme, a thesis on a single subject or a ‘portfolio’ of reports on related topics is submitted. The portfolio option allows a research theme to evolve over time, ensuring the programme remains relevant and appropriate to the sponsor. This is a different approach to a traditional PhD, allowing research to remain current in the fast moving area of sensor systems.

EngD places an emphasis on industrially focused research in a commercial environment, supplemented with a taught programme comprising technical and business studies elements Industry Benefits

Research Themes & Proposals

Particular benefits include:

Projects are invited in any subject area relevant to the strategic objectives of CENSIS.

~~Advanced, commercially valuable research.

Decisions to support a project are based on the quality of the proposal; relevance of the project to CENSIS’ research priorities; and alignment with the technical challenges of the industry sponsor.

~~Opportunity for a ‘portfolio’ thesis of linked, themed projects, designed to allow sponsors to react to changing markets. ~~Value for money compared with costs of hiring a new graduate. ~~Excellent vehicle for recruitment and retention of staff: EngD offers routes for employee secondment on very favourable terms. ~~Links to academic expertise including access to equipment. ~~Minimal administrative intervention with programme managed by the University of Glasgow. ~~Potential tax credits for funds spent on R&D.

Costs Suitably qualified and residentially eligible REs receive an award comprising tuition fees, an enhanced, tax-free stipend and funding to support training and conference attendance. CENSIS contributes c£80k to the studentship over four years. Sponsoring companies make an annual cash contribution for each project they support: £10k pa for SMEs/£15k pa for large companies.

Eligibility Companies and organisations of any size may benefit from EngD. To receive support from CENSIS, industry sponsors must have a research or operational base in Scotland at which the project and RE will be based.

Recruitment Candidates are assessed for their academic ability and suitability for industrial research. Following an initial interview with the Programme Director, candidates are then interviewed by the industry sponsor to assess them for suitability and fit within the organisation.

Start Dates Most projects start in September, though it may be possible to start at other times of the year.

Supervision Each project is supervised by academic and industry staff. An industrial advisor oversees the student’s work, driving the project so that the research contributes to the performance of the company and has a commercial outcome, while an academic supervisor provides technical input to the project and ensures it is of academic equivalence to a traditional PhD degree.

Intellectual Property Agreements with IP are discussed between the university and the industry sponsor on an individual basis. The sponsor normally owns any Intellectual Property developed by the RE throughout the course of the programme.

Companies interested in understanding more about the benefits of EngD, or companies with an idea for an EngD research project, are invited to contact the following people for an informal discussion: Si창n Williams Business Development Manager CENSIS, 121 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD Tel: 0141 330 3628 Email: Dr Tony Kelly EngD in Sensor and Imaging Systems Programme Director School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Tel: 0141 330 8443 Email:

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