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Engineering education for competence and commitment

PGR-P-298

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Supervisors
Dr Apollo Tutesigensi
Schools
School of Civil Engineering
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Professional engineers require competence and commitment (2 Cs) to practice. The 2 Cs are of great importance for everyone in society. The 2 Cs are underpinned by three main things: 1) knowledge: - acquired while undertaking programmes of study at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and accumulated in industry; 2) skills either developed at HEIs and mastered in industry or developed and mastered in industry; and 3) values - either developed by completion of programmes of study and internalised at HEIs or developed and internalised in industry. HEIs are responsible for supporting the formation of professional engineers by taking student engineers through curricula that maximise knowledge possessed, skills developed and values developed on completion of programmes of study. There is evidence to suggest that many HEIs within and across nations fulfil this responsibility with less than perfect levels of success and this of course undermines the performance of engineers at least in the short term. In order to facilitate better levels of performance of engineers, researchers in this project will be seeking to address a combination of two or more of the following: evaluating engineering curricula, developing improvements to engineering curricula, developing tools (technology and/or policy related) to improve the 2 Cs and investigating relationships between attributes of engineering curricula and performance of engineers.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The earliest start date for this project is 1 October 2020.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &lsquo;Engineering education for competence and commitment&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/staff/167/dr_apollo_tutesigensi">Dr Apollo Tutesigensi</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p><strong>Self-Funding Students</strong></p> <p><strong>Funding Eligibility</strong></p> <p><strong>UK/EU</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;Leeds Doctoral Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees and Maintenance matching EPSRC rate of &pound;15,009 per year for 3 years.&nbsp; Alumni Bursary is available for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees only.</p> <p><strong>International Students</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees for 3 years, Commonwealth PhD and Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships for Low and Middle Income countries.&nbsp; Alumni Bursary is available for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees only.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information regarding your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions by&nbsp;email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:EMAIL@leeds.ac.uk">p</a><a href="mailto:phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk">hd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk,</a>&nbsp;or telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057</p> <p>For further information regarding the project, please contact Dr Apollo Tutesigensi by email:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:A.Tutesigensi@leeds.ac.uk">A.Tutesigensi@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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