EngD Student in AFRC

Advanced Forming Research Centre Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme

You'll get the chance to work with global industrial companies

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is a four-year doctoral research programme involving a significant taught component.

The programme offers students and graduates a unique opportunity to to carry out in-depth study and research in advanced manufacturing techniques, forging and forming.

It provides ambitious and able students with the technical, business and personal development competencies needed to become the senior research managers of the future.

Unlike a traditional PhD, the EngD is focused on industry based research. On completion of the course, students will be awarded an EngD in Advanced Manufacturing: Forging & Forming, equivalent to a PhD.

Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Doctorate Centre (AMIDC)

The EngD programme is part of the Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Doctorate Centre (AMIDC), funded in part by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC´╗┐).

The AMIDC is a collaboration between the AFRC and the University of Strathclyde's Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (DMEM). It focuses on developing new and enhanced manufacturing techniques within the forming and forging sectors.

Ten Questions with an EngD Student...

We ask Marine Guillot, who is in her final year of a Rolls-Royce sponsored EngD programme, what it is really like to be an EngD student at the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).

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Marine, can you explain the difference between an EngD and a PhD?

The difference between the two is that the EngD is industry focused and the research is “real time” – in other words what industry wants now.   This presents the student with a unique learning opportunity by experiencing work in the design and engineering industry at both a strategic and an operational day-to-day level. 

So what is the research focus of your EngD?

I am researching how shear forming design and manufacturing can be applied to aerospace structures. 

What do you enjoy most about the programme?

I really enjoy conducting experiments and then analysing them afterwards.  It’s basically like being a detective in that you are investigating issues and finding possible solutions.  Also, it’s a very rewarding experience because I am personally managing a project from start to finish with limited supervision.

What kind of useful contacts can you make?

I have had several opportunities to meet with academics and industry experts by attending events, conferences and university research days.   For example, there is an EngD Showcase event which is held at the AFRC every year.  It is a fantastic opportunity for EngD students to meet with industry experts to share ideas, project developments and make new contacts.

What type of financial support do you get?

I receive a tax free stipend for the duration of the course.  Conference costs and travel are jointly financed by the University and the industrial sponsor.

Do you get to travel much and attend conferences during an EngD?

Yes, I get lots of opportunities to attend conferences, summer schools and workshops.  For example, I attended an advanced manufacturing summer school and completed a leadership & teambuilding workshop at the University of Strathclyde.I think that having these opportunities is a huge asset to the EngD because it means that it’s not just about working on a specific project but it’s also about sharing ideas with the wider engineering community.

What are your career aspirations once your EngD is completed?

I would like to continue to focus on advanced engineering research within a manufacturing environment.  Doing the EngD is like sitting a four year long job interview so it’s useful from my perspective and also for the sponsoring company.  

When should a student start the application process for an EngD?

If the student is still at university, then they should start making enquiries as soon as possible in order to apply at the beginning of their final year.

Who would you contact if you are interested in applying?

Dr Dorothy Evans is the EngD coordinator for the Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Doctorate Centre (AMIDC) and she is based between the AFRC and the Design Manufacturing and Engineering Management (DMEM) department at the University of Strathclyde.  She would be happy to answer any questions about the EngD programme.