Offshore Renewable Energy (Industrial Doctorate Centre)

The EPSRC Industrial CDT for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) is a partnership of the Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Exeter, together with the Scottish Association for Marine Science.

IDCORE’s four-year engineering doctorate programme is a doctoral-level research and training programme, equivalent in academic standing to a conventional PhD, but achieved through research that is much more industrially focused. We recruit students from across engineering, science, technology, mathematics and other numerate disciplines. The integrated training programme in the first year will ensure all students are trained in electrical, offshore and mechanical engineering.

IDCORE addresses future challenges to develop leading technologies and train the world-class scientists and engineers essential for the UK to sustain its global lead in the ORE sector. It takes an integrated approach to the whole ORE system from the wind and oceans to the end user, with experts from many disciplines contributing to a taught programme delivered in a research environment using state of the art facilities.

Strong engagement with industry allows us to train the next generation of researchers and innovators to develop and deliver the necessary new technologies, know-how and capacity. IDCORE delivers:

  • A strong, focus on engineering, science and inter-disciplinary training to address the need to supply sustainable, affordable, and resilient energy contributing to industrial and economic growth while reducing carbon emissions.
  • Impact from excellent research in integrated vertical and cross-cutting inter-disciplinary themes from ocean to the end-user including: resource analysis; offshore energy generation & delivery technologies; data science & technology; materials science; marine science & environment; deployment and O&M strategies; autonomous technologies; bioenergy; energy storage; complementary energy vectors; energy policy; socio-economic impact; and, blue-energy literacy.
  • Training of research students throughout the full life cycle of research by providing an academic and industrial environment, spanning theory to practice and including responsible research and innovation, ethical engineering, data management, commercialisation, entrepreneurship, leader-ship and societal engagement skills.

You will be undertaking a project that tackles a genuine commercial problem in a real-world environment, offering the chance to develop both research and commercial skills. Projects are proposed by offshore renewable energy companies in areas agreed between the sponsoring companies and the IDCORE management in order to ensure that your work meets the standards needed for the award of an EngD. Students are matched with a research project at the beginning of the second semester of teaching programme (in January).


Further Information: 

You will spend the first two terms attending an intensive programme of twelve taught courses delivered by internationally renowned academic staff from the partner universities.

These first two semesters will provide you with the skills required to get started on your research and to succeed in an industry environment. Practical courses teach important laboratory and fieldwork skills, while an integrated group design project will help you develop teamworking skills and apply your knowledge.

A guiding principle for the first year is that “this should not feel like more of the same” – IDCORE is not simply MSc-type training preceding a research phase. This is achieved by focussing on assessment strategies appropriate to both the level of study and a cohort-based approach (for example timed, open-book, assignments are used in place of written, closed book exams). In addition, the first-year course includes a group design project that is proposed and evaluated by industrialists.

Following the initial period of teaching, you will join a sponsoring company to work as a researcher for the rest of the programme. The industrial research phase is supplemented by six further courses (delivered through a mixture of both residential and distance learning).

At the end of the research project you will deliver either a doctoral thesis or a portfolio of related work that is examined for the award of an EngD in Offshore Renewable Energy, which is a joint degree from the Universities of Edinburgh, Exeter and Strathclyde.

For more details about the programme, examples of current student projects and how to APPLY please see the IDCORE website


Closing Date: 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Principal Supervisor: 


A UK first class honours degree, or its international equivalent.

We will also consider your application if you have a UK 2:1 honours degree and a MSc degree with distinction, or their international equivalents, and substantial relevant work experience.

We expect you to have a good understanding of one or more branches of science or engineering and some relevant research experience.

Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


An enhanced stipend and tuition fees are available for UK students and EU applicants who have been living in the UK for 3+ years.  Funding for overseas students may be available for exceptional applicants but only at the Home/EU rate. 

Further information and other funding options.

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