The Doctor of Engineering (Eng.D.) programme will have its maiden intake in August 2017. The aim is to offer a qualification which, whilst being equivalent in status and challenge to the Ph.D., is more appropriate for those pursuing professional rather than academic careers. Eng.D. is an earned doctorate, just like the Ph.D., but is based on industrial R&D rather than academic R&D.
The Eng.D. focuses on research of industrial importance, endorsed by a supporting company which hosts the student as an employee for the duration of the Eng.D. candidature. The student is jointly supervised by an NUS academic and a technology expert in the company. To train students for the commercial workplace, modules on engineering management are mandatory. Students trained in the Eng.D. programme are therefore well-prepared for a career in industrial research.
The essential differences between Eng.D. and Ph.D. can be summarized as: