Software Systems Engineering [EngD]


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Degree awarded: Postgraduate Research

Duration: 48 months Full-time

Entry requirements: We have the following pathways with varying entry requirements:

Standard: 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, or a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant subject in exceptional circumstances.

Experienced: As per `Standard' with evidence of Accredited Prior Learning (APL) in research training already undertaken.

Course fees: For entry in the academic year beginning January 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,195
  • International students (per annum): £21,000

Scholarships/sponsorships: It is expected that companies and partner organisations will fund their own staff members who wish to gain the EngD level qualification whilst furthering staff careers, adding value to their company and solving real world problems.

Contact email: EngD-compsci@manchester.ac.uk

Contact telephone: 44 (0)161 275 0699

How to apply: Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course description

Do you work in data science? Are you looking to undertake a research level qualification whilst still doing your job?

The EngD in Data Engineering is firmly couched in real world data science with a focus on practical application in industry. From machine learning to knowledge management, our academics work with a range of stake holders in cutting edge and industry relevant research that addresses real world challenges. If you already work on data intensive technologies, or need training to make the move into this area of science then this EngD is for you. You'll spend 75-80% of your time with your company, working on 4-6 flexible but research level projects. The remainder you'll spend with us training in Advanced Data Science topics, while being guided by your academic supervisor building on your industrial work and solving it's associated research problems.

An EngD gives you a solid industry application focus and offers a range of flexible pathways of differing duration to suit your individual needs. The research conducted as part of the EngD is applied to specific problems faced by the industrial partner, each problem couched as a research challenge.

Throughout the programme, students can undertake a tailored range of Advanced Masters courses that supplement the in-built research skills training and development provided as standard in the EngD programme.

Academia and industry work together in mentoring and training the student, who will graduate with the academic rigour necessary to undertake applied research, with skills and experience to apply that research capability directly within industry.

Course aims

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a course of supervised research, the results of which show evidence of originality and independent critical judgement and constitute an addition to knowledge.

Our research students have the opportunity to develop their skills through robust and flexible training that is designed to:

  • Develop the research skills needed to plan and conduct research, write a thesis and disseminate research findings to stakeholders and the international research community;
  • Develop competencies which will equip you for a diverse range of roles in industry whilst also contributing to the body of knowledge of a particular technical discipline, industrial sector or multi-disciplinary theme.
  • Equip each student with the broader skills to become world leading industry professionals and researchers in the next generation.

All of our research degree programmes are based on supportive supervision in our outstanding research environment. You will carry out a programme of research in a particular area under the supervision of a primary supervisor and one or more co-supervisors. Your primary supervisor would be a research active member of academic staff in the School of Computer Science with a co-supervisor from the industrial partner, selected to suit the project scope and specific skills required.

Scholarships and bursaries

It is expected that companies and partner organisations will fund their own staff members who wish to gain the EngD level qualification whilst furthering staff careers, adding value to their company and solving real world problems.

Open days

Wednesday, 25 th October 2017

Academic entry qualification overview: We have the following pathways with varying entry requirements:

Standard: 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, or a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant subject in exceptional circumstances.

Experienced: As per `Standard' with evidence of Accredited Prior Learning (APL) in research training already undertaken.

English language: Students whose first language is not English need to achieve a minimum of IELTS 7 (with 7 in writing), Cambridge Proficiency minimum level C or  IBT TOEFL score of 100 (minimum) overall with 25 in the writing component and no lower than 22 in any other component.

Other entry requirements: Other international entry requirements:  We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For further information email: EngD-compsci@manchester.ac.uk   

Advice to applicants

Applications should include copies of any relevant certificates, including IELTS scores if appropriate, a full CV, 2 academic references, transcripts, a statement of your interests, supporting letter from you employer (if relevant), a supporting letter from your proposed industrial supervisor, and an indication of the research group or supervisor preferred.

To avoid delays in the processing of applications please ensure that you familiarise yourself with the application process and fully understand the level of information required. Detailed guidelines are available in our 'how to apply' section.    

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

The EngD is a collaborative programme supported by industry and the School of Computer Science. You will gain the skills to enhance your career prospects within your chosen career and deliver solutions to on-going challenges within your company.

Opportunities exist in a diverse range of areas such as finance, films and games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, and public services.

The University of Manchester Careers Service can offer support and guidance.

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