Students outside the AFRC

EngD programmeProspective students

Why study an EngD?

The programme will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of manufacturing issues, gain industrial experience and learn how to expertly communicate and implement real-world engineering solutions.

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

These challenges are outlined in a project proposal. You'll work with an industry partner to define a programme of work to develop new knowledge and build experiments to test ideas and investigate potential solutions.

Unlike a traditional PhD, the EngD is focused on industry-based research, working at the centre or within the industrial sponsors’ facilities. Programme output is research-based solutions for industry identified manufacturing issues.

Programme structure

The EngD is a four year programme.


Your orientation to the AFRC and the EngD programme is held in September around two weeks before the start of the academic term. It will consist of:

  • introductions between EngD students and industrial sponsors and industry supervisors
  • discussions about project scope, module options and build connections with the company
  • an induction into the AFRC and meeting your academic supervisors. You'll meet other AFRC researchers and learn about current research themes
  • events within these two weeks for EngD students to meet other EngD students from different departments around the University of Strathclyde’s EngD network, sharing valuable experiences

Year 1 - Instructional section

You'll undertake:

  • 12 academic modules selected from modules taught by DMEM at a Masters or Postgraduate level
  • background reading
  • initial research scoping study

Year 2 to 4 - Research section

The years are typically structured as:

  • literature review in year 2
  • experiments in year 3
  • write-up in year 4

Workshops, conferences and events are available for EngD students to attend throughout the four year programme.

Research areas

The EngD focuses on advanced manufacturing techniques as well as the forming and forging of metallic materials. Examples of research areas you could carry out your research include, and are not limited to:

  • material characterisation
  • process modelling
  • superplastic forming (spf)
  • residual stress
  • die life
  • metrology
  • process optimisation
  • knowledge management
  • automation/robotics
  • incremental sheet forming
  • process characterisation