Student Guidance



Renewable Engine is an innovative cross-border project delivering a programme of Research and Innovation activities on behalf of SME partners. The objective of Renewable Engine is to facilitate industrial R&I at PhD level in local engineering companies for the development of new products.

The Renewable Engine research super-cluster consists of;

  • South West College (lead partner)
  • Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Associate project partners are Manufacturing NI, Action Renewables and Mid Ulster Council.



Renewable Engine is a four year €5.8m INTERREG VA project. INTERREG is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland.


PhD Opportunity

The Renewable Engine project has funding available for a total of 12 PhD studentships across the academic partners of SWC, QUB, IT Sligo and Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

PhD Students are sought in the disciplines of Engineering and Science.

Successful students will be working directly on industrial research and innovation projects with 8 industry partners who have successfully applied to be participants on the Renewable Engine project. Industrial sectors eligible include energy, engineering and manufacturing.

This exciting opportunity will involve working directly in industry with an industrial partner and in the academic institutions thus offering PhD students a unique opportunity to carry out in-depth study and research in commercially relevant areas. The programme will allow for the joint development of academic knowledge and skills coupled with direct industrial experience thus creating PhD students with highly desirable skill sets. Working with the academic partners, the project output is research-based solutions for industrially identified issues.

The energy and manufacturing industries are amongst the fastest growing globally. Importantly, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Scotland are some of the most industrially active areas in these disciplines resulting in significant opportunity for research and innovation activities to be undertaken in partnership with industry.

Research has shown that innovation is most effectively delivered when academic and industrial knowledge is combined in partnership. This joint working results in strong relationships and the most effective use being made of resources for the achievement of economically significant results. The PhD opportunities within the Renewable Engine project support this effective collaborative delivery style.