Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies EngD

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EngD Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies
4 years full-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (or international equivalent) and / or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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The Engineering Doctorate Centre, based at The University of Nottingham, was established in partnership with the Midlands Energy Consortium – comprising the universities of Nottingham, Loughborough and Birmingham – and a number of industry leaders within the power generation sector. 

It offers research engineers the chance to train as industry experts ready to implement new super-efficient electricity-generating technologies, using fossil energy with near-zero emissions through carbon capture. They have access to first-rate research facilities across the partner universities, and have dedicated office space. 

The four year doctoral programme equips research engineers with the knowledge and expertise to conduct cutting-edge research and work within highly-skilled multi-disciplinary teams. It comprises core and optional taught modules in: 

  • advanced specialist technical aspects of power generation, and materials capture and storage
  • contextual and management topics, focusing on wider societal, cultural, ethical, political and global issues relating to energy generation 
  • professional and research skills training
This course requires a 2.1 or international equivalent and / or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element).

Annual summer schools, in the UK and China, present unique opportunities to learn more about the challenges of meeting increasing global energy demands. Research engineers also complete research projects with the Centre’s industrial partners, and have opportunities to publish their research and present their findings at appropriate conferences. 

Research engineers register at one of the three universities but spend the majority of the time at their host company from towards the end of the first year to undertake the research project element of the programme.



The prime objective of the Centre in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies  is to produce research leaders to tackle the major national and international challenges over the next 15 years in implementing new power plant to generate electricity more efficiently using fossil energy with near zero emissions. These challenges involve the successful demonstration of CO2 capture and technologies to reduce CO2 emissions more generally from coal utilisation, including iron making and smokeless fuel production.

The distinguishing features of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) are its four year duration, higher stipend than normal PhDs, and the requirement that most of the time (about three years) is spent conducting research in industry.

Research support

Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each PhD student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors. We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps who are available if you have a query about procedures relating to research study, are concerned about your progress or the facilities available.

All PhD students are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme, this is a structured programme of training drawing on formal external frameworks such as Joint Skills Statement , the Research Development Framework (RDF) and the Research Council guidance. The Engineering and Science Research Council (EPSRC) has recognised our Faculty programme as a sector leading standard of postgraduate research development and training.

The faculty has excellent links with industry and will ensure you develop transferable skills that will be of benefit in a variety of careers. You will also have access to the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme.


Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area.

Engineering supervisors, including their research interests and contact details, can be found on our find a PhD supervisor page.

Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z.



Studentships are offered on a competitive basis, cover full fees and include an annual stipend in the range of £14,800-£20,000 depending upon qualifications and experience.

For further information, please contact the centre.

Government loans for doctoral study

The Government recently introduced doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England.

Doctoral training programmes

Linked to research councils, doctoral training programmes offer funding opportunities connected to our research priorities.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Visit the Centre in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies page for additional opportunities.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Students within the faculty have gone onto be production managers and directors, IT and telecommunications professionals, business, research and administrative professionals, science, engineering and production technicians, natural and social science professionals, teaching and educational professionals, as well as various other engineering roles.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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