UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Engineering Doctorate (EngD)

The UCL Engineering Doctorate Centre in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation studies phenomena using computational simulation in support of decision-making in the built environment.

The EngD VEIV Centre is a joint doctoral training centre run by the Computer Science department and the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies.

About the course

An EngD is an enhanced PhD designed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to provide a new generation of outstanding research engineers.

Our research engineers undertake a bespoke, one-year technical training MRes course, followed by three years' full-time work on their sponsor's project.

Each engineering doctorate project is focused on producing 2 results:

  • future leaders in innovative research and development (R&D) with outstanding academic and industrial perspectives
  • a significant industry-focused research project that creates a step change in the company's knowledge and capability.

Who should apply

The EngD is open to graduates in any branch of architecture and engineering (or other relevant disciplines), provided that they are articulate, well qualified and highly motivated.


Our EngD Centre funds and supports research engineers studying in areas related to the use of visualisation and imaging in engineering and design.

In the last two years, we’ve created 10 EngD Scholarships co-funded by leading architectural, engineering and construction companies:

  • Aedas
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Foster + Partners
  • Bentley Systems
  • PLP Architecture
  • Freeform Construction
  • BRE
  • Skanska
  • Amey


Each research engineer is sponsored by an industrial or charitable partner.

The cost of sponsorship is typically around £36,000 to £40,000 over 4 years, with occasional concessions offered to charitable sponsors.

UCL have already secured EPSRC matching funds. Research engineers normally divide their time between the sponsoring organization and UCL. They receive a tax-free stipend of approximately £18,500 per year.

The programme supports research engineers in a studentship mode, but it also supports current employees from industrial organisations seeking to enhance their R&D capabilities.

Programme directors

The overall EngD VEIV Programme Director is Professor Anthony Steed in Computer Science. Within the Bartlett, the EngD VEIV programme is directed by Dr Dejan Mumovic, with academic direction by Sean Hanna.

Call for proposals 

The EngD VEIV Centre is welcoming proposals from industrial and public parties to sponsor engineering doctorate students (i.e. research engineers) in:

  • adaptive architecture and computation
  • development of digital technologies in architecture
  • construction
  • urban planning, space syntax
  • use of visualisation in building design and engineering
  • parametric built environment modelling
  • use of imaging and visualisation in heritage science and
  • building performance simulation
  • but we’re open to all other suggestions for industrial research.

Contact us

Contacts for UCL EngD supervisors and industrial sponsors

Professor Anthony Steed
EngD VEIV Centre Director (computer science research projects)
Email: a.steed@cs.ucl.ac.uk

Dr Dejan Mumovic
EngD VEIV Centre Co-Director (Bartlett, built environment research projects)
Email: d.mumovic@ucl.ac.uk

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