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Engineer yourself a lucrative career

"i-Education", within the Independent newspaper's succinct sister edition (4 April 2013) had a feature on the demand for technical qualifications. In the article, journalist Amy McLellan reported:

One increasingly popular alternative to the PhD, yet carrying the same academic weight, is the Engineering Doctorate. The qualification was launched in 1992 and it's thought around 2000 have either gained an EngD or are in the process of studying at one of 29 Industrial Doctorate Centres. Each has its own speciality, from formulation engineering at the University of Birmingham, to nanomaterials at Surrey or nuclear engineering at Imperial or Manchester.
"There is feedback from industry that they value the EngD very highly," says a spokesman for the Association of Engineering Doctorates. With a programme described as a four-year interview, research engineers spend 70 to 80 per cent of their time working on a research project for companies. "It fits them well for their future and the outputs from the research are not just valuable in terms of career advancement but also in terms of developing products, processes and intellectual property," says the spokesman. "It's very satisfying."

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