4 yr Modular EngD

The information below is for students who are on the 4 year Modular EngD VEIV programme.

Note that this is a separate programme to the 3 year EngD.

4 Yr Modular EngD Progression Milestones

The 4yr Modular EngD VEIV programme includes yearly milestones which must be completed in each year of your EngD. 

** Final copies of your Report, Feedback Forms and all marks must be emailed to the Centre Manager, Charlotte Penny: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


First Year 

Milestone 1: Submit First Year EngD Report
DEADLINE: End of Month 11

  • First Year EngD Reports should be approximately 20-30 pages.
  • You should state the goal of the proposed EngD, motivate the problem and list the potential contributions.
  • You should give a critical literature review that informs the proposal, highlighting the key state of the art in the area of the proposal.
  • You could include summaries of exploratory work done in the first year, these should inform the proposed contribution.
  • You should give an initial plan of work to be undertaken in the second year of the EngD
  • Make sure the report puts the assessors in a good position to answer the questions contained in the Feedback Form (link below).
  • This report should be comparable to an MRes thesis, but it is not done for credit.
  • The report must be submitted to your primary supervisor for marking ahead of the Oral Examination. Two markers will assess the report.

Milestone 2: Complete Oral Examination (viva) and submit Feedback Form
DEADLINE: End of Month 12

  • There will be an Oral Examination with your two supervisors and an assessor. The assessor is usually an academic member of staff who is not associated with your research.
  • It is also desirable that your industrial supervisor attends the Oral Examination.
  • You will make a short presentation of 10-15 minutes explaining your research.
  • The purpose of the Oral examination is for you to defend your research and to check that there is a viable plan of work leading to doctoral quality research.
  • docxFirst Year Report & Oral Examination Feedback Form21/11/2016  This form is completed by the assessor after your Oral Examination.  

Milestone 3: Have achieved 150 credits
DEADLINE: End of Month 12

  • Five 15-credit taught modules: 75 credits
  • Two 15-credits of transferrable skills: 30 credits
  • One 45-credit group project: 45 credits

Second Year 

Milestone 4: Submit Second Year Report
DEADLINE: End of month 23

  • Second Year EngD Reports should be approximately 50-60 pages.
  • You should give a detailed report of work completed, and show how the thesis hypothesis will be validated within the remaining time.
  • Make sure the report puts the assessors in a good position to answer the questions contained in the Feedback Form (link below).
  • The report is roughly comparable to a first year PhD report, but given that an EngD student on this programme will have completed two years of research, we would expect a better formed idea of the work and substantive research to have already been undertaken.
  • The report must be submitted to your primary supervisor for marking ahead of the Oral Examination.

Milestone 5: Complete Oral Examination (viva) and submit Feedback Form
DEADLINE: End of Month 24

  • There will be an Oral Examination with your two supervisors and an assessor. The assessor is usually an academic member of staff who is not associated with your research.
  • It is also desirable that your industrial supervisor attends the Oral Examination.
  • You will make a short presentation of 10-15 minutes explaining your research.
  • The purpose of the Oral examination is for you to defend your research and to check that there is a viable plan of work leading to doctoral quality research.
  • docxSecond Year Report & Oral Examination Feedback Form21/11/2016  This form is completed by the assessor after your Oral Examination. 

Milestone 6: Have achieved 180 credits (accumulatively)
DEADLINE: End of Month 24

  • To have achieved 150 credits by the end of First Year
  • Two 15-credit taught modules: 30 credits

Third Year 

Milestone 7: Submit Third Year Report
DEADLINE: End of Month 35

  • Your third year report should be in the form of a partial draft thesis*.
  • Third year reports vary in length dramatically, but 50-90 pages is typical.
  • Make sure the report puts the assessors in a good position to answer the questions contained in the feedback form (see link below).
  • The report must be submitted to your primary supervisor for marking ahead of the Oral Examination.

Milestone 8: Complete Oral Examination (viva) and submit Feedback Form
DEADLINE: End of Month 36

  • There will be an Oral Examination with your two supervisors and an assessor. The assessor is usually an academic member of staff that is not associated with your research.
  • It is desirable that your industrial supervisor be there.
  • You will make a short presentation of 10-15 minutes explaining your research.
  • The purpose of the viva is for the candidate to demonstrate that they have completed the main body of research work in their doctorate and that they have a good plan to finish in the remaining 12 months.
  • docxThird Year Report & Oral Examination Feedback Form21/11/2016  This form is completed by the assessor after your Oral Examination. 

Milestone 9: Have achieved 195 credits (accumulatively) 
DEADLINE: End of Month 36

  • To have achieved 180 credits by the end of Second Year
  • One 15-credit taught modules: 15 credits

Fourth Year

Milestone 10: Submit Thesis
DEADLINE: End of Month 47

  • Submit and defend your final EngD Thesis
  • For further information please see the Useful Information tab
  • If the thesis is not ready, your supervisor is required to submit a short report to the EngD exam board to outline the progress that has been made and when submission is likely. Such reports will be due on a yearly basis until the thesis is submitted, or the student de-registers.