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EPSRC InDustrial CDT for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE)

EPSRC InDustrial CDT in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE)

Apply links now open for September 2024 Entry

A jointly awarded Engineering Doctorate (EngD) from the Universities of Edinburgh, Exeter, Strathclyde and Swansea, offering ten places per year funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Over four years IDCORE students follow a fully integrated programme of intensive, doctoral level, taught courses in electrical, mechanical and offshore engineering, business, economics, marine biology, renewable energy resources, and societal impacts, and a, three year, industry based research project. The courses have a strong focus on problem based learning and are designed to develop practical, team working and transferable skills alongside technical expertise. Each research project is sponsored, and led by an Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) company. Project sponsors range from large multinational companies to very small enterprises. They represent energy companies, supply chain companies, certification agencies, consultants, test centres and original equipment manufacturers.

Throughout the projects students not only have access to facilities provided by their sponsoring companies, but also to the world leading research facilities of the partner Universities. All students are supervised by an industrial supervisor and academic supervisors from the four partner Universities. Students eligible for EPSRC funding will receive an enhanced, tax free, stipend rate, designed to compare favourably with graduate job salaries. After graduating from IDCORE, you will be a highly skilled ORE Engineer, with 3 years of relevant industry experience. As such, IDCORE graduates are extremely sought after in the sector.

We welcome applications from students with a broad range of STEM backgrounds, either continuing students or those currently working. We particularly encourage applications from individuals who belong to one or more identity groups which are underrepresented in Engineering. Please see current student Case Studies on our website.

EPSRC InDustrial CDT for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE)

Why Join Us

  • Bespoke MSc and doctoral level training that addresses all aspects of the ORE sector, delivered by our consortium of UK experts.
  • Conduct industry-driven research, with expert academic support, based entirely with a sponsoring ORE company – your research will be part of the Net Zero solution.
  • Gain 3 years of superbly relevant industry experience AND an Engineering Doctorate simultaneously – ready to fly high in your career, immediately after graduation.
  • Receive enhanced student funding of £24,797, TAX FREE – comparable with graduate salaries, rising incrementally each year.
  • Have your tuition fees paid in full - places are available for both home and overseas applicants.
  • Be part of a diverse and well-connected community of ORE engineers, working together to advance renewable energy for the future.