A*STAR-University of Warwick (AWP) EngD Partnership

The University of Warwick is one of the UK's leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation, and for links with business and industry. In less than fifty years since being founded, Warwick has been consistently ranked within the top 10 UK universities, and is rapidly climbing the international league tables of world class universities.
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Warwick Manufacturing Group

As an academic department of the University of Warwick, the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) was founded in 1980 to reinvigorate manufacturing to improve the competitiveness of organisations through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies, and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial and organizational practice.

It is one of the world’s leading research and education groups, with 500 people working in seven countries. Over the last 25 years, WMG has worked with over 500 companies to train their key executives to become effective leaders. Alumni of its EngD programmes include directors from companies such as GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce and Tata Motors as well as owners of small and medium enterprises.

WMG is at the forefront of innovative technology, with research teams leading major multi-partner projects to create and develop exciting new products and processes that can lead to major breakthroughs and be of huge benefit to organisations around the world. These projects have seen WMG impact a wide range of sectors including automotive, aerospace and defence, digital, construction, energy and utilities, finance, food and drink, healthcare, IT, pharmaceutical and rail.  WMG has collaborated with government sponsored bodies, innovative SMEs and global corporations such as Airbus, Arup, AstraZeneca, Auto Insulations Ltd, BAE Systems, Bladon Jets Ltd, Bosch Ltd, Buehler, GlaxoSmithKline, Jaguar Land Rover, Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Tata Motors, Tata Steel and TVS Motor Company to name but a few.
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About the A*STAR-WMG EngD Programme

The EngD degree provides a more industry-oriented doctorate than the traditional PhD. EngD candidates can expect to carry out applied research under the themes of Design, Materials, Manufacturing, Systems and Business that result in innovative solutions for real-world manufacturing industry problems. The programme will help candidates to develop skill sets to apply innovative thinking, carry out rigorous analysis and good management practices in order to be ahead of competitors. EngD candidates are evaluated on their portfolio, which comprises coursework, project reports, publications and a personal profile that demonstrate their innovation and project leadership abilities.

WMG’s Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme in Advanced Manufacturing is the first of its kind in Singapore. The four-year scholarship programme comprises two years of studies at WMG in the UK, and two years of research based in an A*STAR’s Research Institute in Singapore. WMG will provide taught classroom modules on related subjects. These include aspects of manufacturing significant to the economy, such as 3D Additive Layer Manufacturing, big data analytics, biomedical manufacturing, and robotics. EngD candidates will work with supervisors who have both academic and industry expertise. Graduates of the programme will be conferred an EngD degree by the University of Warwick.

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    Applicants must:

  • Be Singaporeans and other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship
  • Satisfy criteria for EngD admission to University of Warwick
  • Have attained at least a 2nd Upper Class Honours
  • Not be concurrently holding any other scholarships or fellowships
  • Other requirements:

  • Successful candidates are required to undergo a one-year research attachment at an A*STAR research institute prior to their PhD studies

The above eligibility criteria are not exhaustive.

A*STAR may include additional selection criteria based on prevailing scholarship policies. These policies may be amended from time to time without notice.


Successful applicants will be given the following support* for up to 4 years:

  • Monthly overseas living allowance
  • Monthly sustenance allowance, inclusive of CPF contribution (where applicable)
  • Full tuition fees
  • Other allowances including
    • Computer allowance
    • Thesis allowance
    • Conference allowance

*All rates/allowances are subject to adjustments by A*STAR from time to time

Service Commitment

Upon completion of the EngD programme, applicants will return to contribute to an A*STAR research institute for a service commitment period of three (3) years.

Area of Interest

The programme will cover the following areas of manufacturing:

Manufacturing Process

Manufacturing Automation

Manufacturing System

Manufacturing Integration

· 3D additive manufacturing

· Metal forming

· Coatings

· Natural Fibre Composites

· Machining

· Powder Processing

· Multifunctional Materials


· X-ray computed tomography

· Robotics

· Composite Inspection, Characterisation & NDT

· Reliability

· Big Data Analytics

· Operations Management and Lean Manufacturing

· Factory of the Future

· Complex Supply Chain & Operations Management

· Sustainability & Life Cycle Management

· Manufacturing Execution & Control

· Bio-medical manufacturing

· Artificial Implants

· Tissue Engineered Scaffolds

· Surface Modification

· Biomedical

Application Procedure

Applications for the AWP EngD Programme can be made in two ways:

  • Through WMG - for admission as a Research Student, indicating on the application form an interest in the AWP Scholarship Programme

  • Through A*STAR - Click here to apply. Please note the instructions indicated in the application portal.

    Successful candidates are required to complete a 1-year Research Attachment (RA) at an A*STAR research institute prior to their PhD studies. Applicants will need to factor in this RA requirement when planning for university admission.

    RA commencement year

    Last day for submission of online application with complete set of supporting documents

    By September of current year

    1 March

    Next year

    1 October


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