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Engineering Doctorate in Flow Measurement and Fluid Mechanics


The Coventry University Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Flow Measurement and Fluid Mechanics is a part-time research programme for those already in full-time employment. It is an alternative to the traditional PhD and suited for students who want a career in industry. It supports a PhD-level qualification that combines applied industrial research with academic taught components in specialist technical, management and professional development subjects.

For employers it affords an opportunity to raise the level of skills for individuals in the workforce who have research intensive jobs. For individuals it provides the relevant technical, business and personal development required to become one of the senior technical managers of the future.

The focus of the qualification is on the completion of one – or more – research projects and as such is particularly useful where there is a requirement to work on new problems in a scientifically rigorous manner and present research findings to mixed audiences in a way that delivers maximum impact.

Employers are encouraged to support research projects that will further their organisational research interests, thus ensuring that the research projects have commercial relevance as well as show innovation in the application of technical knowledge.

A sponsor company’s first cohort of research engineers report that the programme has had a positive impact on staff morale, recruitment and retention and that one of the projects has already attracted additional funding to support commercial exploitation of the idea.


The EngD programme is designed to produce engineers who are adaptable and have relevant project management skills and commercial acumen, as well as outstanding technical capabilities. For individuals it affords the opportunity to progress existing qualifications, through to attainment of a PhD-level research qualification that confers the title of Doctor.  


The programme primarily comprises of a research project, typically carried out at the employers’ workplace.  There are a small number of taught modules, to equip the research engineer to identify the state of the art (in their chosen topic), design a robust experimentation method for their research, and write scientific papers that will deliver high impact.


The programme is delivered by our in house experts, who have extensive experience in a range of flow application areas (Oil & Gas, Instrumentation, Space, Renewables, etc.).  Each research engineer is supported by a dedicated supervisor with particular expertise in the subject of their research project.  In addition we have access to experts and facilities within our partner network, such as the world leading facilities at NEL (the former National Engineering Laboratory), the home of the UK’s flow measurement standards.


Typical taught modules include:

  • Introduction to Research Design and Writing
  • Writing and Statistics for Computer Science and Engineering
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Control Systems and Instrumentation (Oil and Gas Industry)
  • Durability, Reliability and Sustainability
  • Fluid Flow Systems in Oil and Gas
  • Engineering Materials for Oil and Gas
  • Study Skills and Research Methods
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Entry Requirements

The course has been developed with both cost and time in mind. Only those topics required will be studied, as the bulk of the programme is the research project. Our minimum entry requirement is attainment of at least a 2:1 first degree in a scientific subject, although we will consider approaches from individuals who achieved a lower mark if they are able to evidence significant relevant industry experience.


Whilst the programme has a high degree of flexibility for the researchers, it is not practical for an individual in full employment to embark on this without the full co-operation of their employer.  We would therefore typically expect enquiries from employers.

We encourage all applicants, especially those who have been out of higher education for some length of time, to initially register on our two-year part-time Masters by Research (MRes) programme.  The taught modules are identical to the EngD, but the research project is less expansive, and is used to develop the scope of the EngD project.  Full credit is given for the MRes work should research engineers transfer onto the EngD. The EngD typically takes four years in total on a part-time basis.

For an initial discussion and further details please email

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

  • Learn how to conduct research in a robust manner to deliver high impact
  • Gain distinct skills and knowledge to enable you to provide leadership in your specific discipline
  • Attain the level of competence required to innovate and implement new ideas and practices
  • Work on real-world problems of industrial relevance to your sponsoring company
  • Reach senior positions in industry earlier in your career.


The Global Leaders Programme is not relevant to this course.

Course code:
  • 4 years part-time


    Course type:
    • Part time


    Contact Details:

    Research Recruitment and Admissions Team

    Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing

    +44 (0) 24 7765 8656