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.