Manufacturing Technology EngD


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EngD Manufacturing Technology
Usually completed over a period of 4 years
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
Start date
Faculty of Engineering
Other requirements

Research overview

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is an alternative to the traditional PhD. It is more closely related to the needs of industry and provides a more vocational doctorate degree. It encourages the development of innovative thinking while tackling real industrial problems.

The four year EngD programme integrates an industry based doctoral research project with high-quality training which develop skills in core technology subject areas, research methods, project management, quality assurance, technology acquisition, supply chain management and professional development. Engineering Researchers may also spend time using the world-class facilities at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

The Manufacturing Technology Engineering Doctoral Centre (MTEDC) provides an intensive four-year postgraduate research programme in partnership with industry to address key challenges in advanced manufacturing engineering and transform the latest manufacturing research results into industrial technologies.

MTEDC is a partnership between:

  • The University of Nottingham
  • Loughborough University 
  • University of Birmingham 
  • Rolls-Royce 
  • Airbus 
  • Aero Engine Controls 
  • Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty, near Coventry

As part of the EngD you will undertake a bespoke, structured masters-level taught programme, and work on a strategic industrial research
project with the industrial partner.

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).



The MTC is based in Ansty, near Coventry. It is a world-class facility with cutting-edge equipment and expertise to bridge the gap between research and industrial application. Research Engineers on the MTEDC will have access to pre-production demonstrators to test and validate research before it goes into commercial production.

The purpose-built 12,000m2 facility was established with £40.5million grant from the UK regional development agencies with additional support from key UK manufacturers and research organisations. £15 million is being invested in state-of-the art, industrial-scale equipment to underpin R&D activities, and 100-150 highly skilled staff will eventually be employed. 

At Nottingham students of the EngD have access to all the facilities on campus. The faculty has world-class facilities for design, manufacturing, assembly, measurement, testing and modelling as well as a proven track record in delivering high quality research, leading to numerous patents and high impact peer reviewed publications. Research in the faculty focuses on the development of innovative safe and sustainable technologies in the fields of manufacturing, harvesting and conserving resources.


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.

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.



Eligible (UK/EU) research engineers receive a generous scholarship, including a tax-free stipend each year plus a study package (EU applicants may not be eligible for the stipend, depending on residency).

For further information, please contact:

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.



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.


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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