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EngD Computer Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2020


Degree awarded
48 months Full-time
Entry requirements
We have the following pathways with varying entry requirements:

Standard: 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject.

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

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Programme overview

The EngD is a 3, 3.5 or 4 year degree resulting in a substantial thesis.

As one of the largest Schools of in the UK we cover a huge spectrum of Computer Science topics. We currently have ten individual research groups ranging from Advanced Processor Technologies to Text Mining. Our core Computer Science research is augmented by interdisciplinary research taking place at the interface with discipline areas including mathematics, physics, medicine and biology. A detailed overview of the School's research groups and core and interdisciplinary research themes can be found in the research section of our website.    


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • EngD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,407
    International students (per annum): £24,000


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 details

Department of Computer Science
+44 (0)161 275 0699

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

Programmes in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We have the following pathways with varying entry requirements:

Standard: 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject.

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

English language

English language:

Students whose first language is not English must obtain the required English language score indicated below:

IELTS: greater than or equal to 6.5 overall (with a 6.5 in the written component and no other subtest below 5.5)

IBT TOEFL greater than or equal to 90 overall (with 22 in the written component and no other subtest below 20)

English language test validity: Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test results must be valid on the start date of your course.

Further information can be found at:

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

Please note that applicants must already be in employment and have the support of their employer before they apply. You will be supervised by two supervisors (one academic supervisor from The University of Manchester and one industrial supervisor from your company). We advise that you discuss your application for this programme with your employer before you apply to ensure that they support your application.

Other entry requirements

Other international entry requirements:  We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For further information email:   

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

If you would like to apply for one of our research programmes, you MUST submit the following documentation:

  • Online Application Form in which you should include the name of the academic member of staff you would like to supervise your research. We strongly recommend that you make contact with your proposed supervisor before submitting an application.
  • Degree certificates and academic transcripts of previous university study. If your transcripts and certificates are in a language other than English, you must provide an official translation.
  • CV summarising your academic record and highlighting experience that demonstrates your capacity to conduct research. Include:
  • Work experience
  • any prizes/competitions that you have won for your academic work
  • experience of presenting your work at conferences/during your degree and list any research you have published
  • details of your final year undergraduate project work and if appropriate your MSc project work
  • service and leadership (in any domain including extra curricula)
  • community activity (hackathons, societies etc)
  • teaching or training experience (including peer support and extra curricula)
  • soft skills: creativity, ability to work without constant supervision, good time management.
  • Research Proposal outlining your research project. Include:
  • Explain the importance of your research in the context of current knowledge
  • Clearly identify the objectives of the research
  • Literature review
  • Explain the methodology to be employed

Two academic letters of reference provided by people who have knowledge of your academic ability. These should be on University headed paper and must be signed and dated within two years.

This information will also be used to shortlist you for funding interview if appropriate; you should therefore ensure that you address all requirements as outlined above.

The following documentation can be submitted at a later date.

  • English Language qualification (if applicable) - IELTS greater than or equal to 6.5 (with 6.5 in Writing and no sub-test below 5.5).
  • Degree certificates and academic transcripts of current university study. If your transcripts and certificates are in a language other than English, you must provide an official translation.

Programme details

Programme description

Are you a hardware or embedded systems engineer? Are you looking to undertake a research level qualification whilst still doing your job?

The EngD in Computer Systems Engineering is tied into advanced processor technologies and embedded systems development in as well as advanced FPGA systems development. We work with a range of stake holders in cutting edge and industry relevant research that addresses real world challenges. If you already work on computer hardware or in embedded systems, or need training to make the move into this area of engineering 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 processor 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.


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.

Coursework and assessment

As a research student you will be offered a study space in our new student study facility. You will be encouraged to present papers at conferences and publish your results in academic journals. We run several research training course-units and you can take course-units on a number of our Masters programmes.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:


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.