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Becoming a Research Entrepreneur

As a 'research entrepreneur' on our EngD International programme you will have unrivalled access to some of the best teaching and industrial expertise in the world. You will emerge from the four-year programme more confident and better equipped to make a difference to your company and the global marketplace.
Flexibility is a key advantage of an EngD. The work you undertake on your chosen project will be of a multi-disciplinary nature, and your final submission will be in the form of a portfolio, rather than a single project, allowing for a broader range of knowledge and the ability to stay ahead of the game and fit the changing needs of industry.
There will be opportunities for you to take advantage of our well-established links to cultivate networks at home and abroad with fellow students, senior industrialists, policy makers from the private and public sector and leading thinkers in your field.
As part of the embedded MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, you will develop a sense of how to seize new business opportunities and will learn from experienced entrepreneurs and early-stage investors about the creation of a successful business model through a combination of innovation, technical skill, drive and know-how. There will also be group projects aimed at delivering real solutions, a series of modules and commercialisation workshops.
International placements are available with our partner institutions in the US, China, India or Singapore. Alternatively, you may undertake a placement through your sponsor company if they have international links. This will enable you to better understand the global manufacturing environment and open doors for collaboration.
Research will start from day one, with the focus on commercial challenges in your sponsoring company, where you will spend part of your time. You will be placed in one of our world class research groups and will be supervised by an academic at WMG and a mentor in your sponsor company.
Instead of producing a traditional dissertation, you will build up a portfolio covering competencies which are key to developing your leadership and personal qualities. These would include expert knowledge of an engineering and technology area; appreciation of business culture; project and programme management; oral and written communication skills; teamwork and leadership skills; technical organisation; finance, project planning and control; application of knowledge and skills to new situations; information gathering; working out optimal solutions to complex problems and understanding the impact of research and development on society. You will be required to submit one major report into your portfolio each year.
Graduates from our traditional Engineering Doctorate scheme are now some of the most influential players in their field. Our new international dimension offers even greater opportunities for you and your sponsor company to shine on the world stage.
Funded studentships come with a tax free stipend of £19,000 per annum, which is equivalent to many graduate jobs.
Student Eligibility

Training grants from EPSRC to universities include funding for fees and stipends (maintenance payments for students).

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees) a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay


  • Been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)


  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals)

To be eligible for a fees only award (EU students):

Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award.

To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be:

  • ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

Note: These eligibility criteria are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997 and subsequent amendments, covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Available Projects

Take a look at the projects we currently have available

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