UK-based Engineering Education Research (And Related) Phd Theses since 2000

Over the years there have been a lot of conference publications by UK-based authors  in the field of Engineering Education. There has also been a growing number of journal publications by UK-based authors. This implies that more and more UK academics are now seriously engaging with the field of Engineering Education. However, the number of PhD theses focussing on Engineering Education and related fields, including such fields as Engineering Practice, still lags behind most academic disciplines. In this article I list all these PhD theses that I could find that have been awarded to UK-based students since the year 2000.

Why should we be interested in the number of PhD theses in Engineering Education, you may wonder. There are severa reasons, but the most important one is that the number of PhD theses in a particular field indicates the level of serious thought, research and innovation taking place within that field. According to the website FindAPhD, a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is an advanced postgraduate degree  involving three or more years of independent research on an original topic that is carried out with the support of one or more expert academic supervisors. Hence the publication of a PhD thesis is indicative of a sustained period of research collaboration on a particular topic by two or more people. It also indicates the growth in the number of experts in that particular research field.

I have carried out a search of the British Library E-Theses Online Service (EThOS)  to identify Engineering Education related theses that have been awarded in the UK since the year 2000. Some of them focus on the History of Engineering, whilst some focus on Engineering Practice. I believe that by bringing all these theses in one place they can serve as a useful quick reference for someone who needs to have a quick overview of the current and recent work  that has been taking place within the UK Engineering Education Research  and related fields.

Author Year Title Institution
Bull, Christopher Neil 2016 Studios in software engineering education  Lancaster University
Abul-Ola, Mohammad Mahmoud 2016 How can the education-industry partnership within the Qatari oil & gas industry facilitate engineering graduates’ transition from school to work and enhance their engagement with the labour market?  University of Leicester
Hill, S. 2016 The entrepreneurial engineer : an investigation into the relationship between humanitarian engineering and entrepreneurship Coventry University
Bataw, Anas 2016 On the integration of Building Information Modelling in undergraduate civil engineering programmes in the United Kingdom University of Manchester
 Sivapalan, Subarna 2015 Engineering education for sustainable development (EESD) for undergraduate engineering programmes in Malaysia : a stakeholder defined framework  University of Nottingham
Herman, Clem 2015 Gendered careers in science, engineering and technology : transforming spaces and changing identities Open University
 Kenan, Thuraya 2015 Improving the effectiveness of e-learning implementation in the School of Engineering at Tripoli University University of Huddersfield
Byroms, Richard 2015 William Fairbairn : experimental engineer and mill-builder University of Huddersfield
Vickerstaff, Rebecca 2015 Implementation of technology enhanced learning pedagogy and impact on employability and learning within engineering education frameworks University of Plymouth
Mohammed, Abdul Majid 2014 Integrated technologies instructional method to enhance bilingual undergraduate engineering students Brunel University
 Kockelbergh, David 2014 The origins of student misunderstanding of undergraduate electrical machine theory Loughborough University
Johnson, Anthony 2014 Sustainability – its incorporation into the mechanical engineering design process University of Huddersfield
Morley, Helen Ruth 2014 What can be done to improve the ethical decisions made by engineers? University of Leeds
Routledge, Patrick 2014 A strategy for enhancing the learning experience of Indian marine engineering students in transnational education University of Sunderland
Tan, Joyce 2013 Negotiating the occupational landscape : the career trajectories of ex-teachers and ex-engineers in Singapore Institute of Education, University of London
 Tudor, Jenna 2013 An exploratory investigation into the context specific perceptions and practices of second year mechanical engineering undergraduates Northumbria University
Liyanage, Lalith 2013 A case study of the effectiveness of the delivery of work based learning from the perspective of stakeholders in Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences at Northumbria University Northumbria University
Sach, Rien 2013 The impact of feedback on the motivation of software engineers Open University
Zhang, Dan 2013 Effective teaching of technical teamwork to large cohorts of engineering students in China Queen Mary, University of London
Woodrow, Michael 2013 Educating engineers for a holistic approach to fire safety University of Edinburgh
Hamblin, Katy Joanne 2013 Men of brain and brawn and guts’ : the professionalization of marine engineering in Britain, France and Germany 1830-1914 University of Exeter
 Phuong, Nguyen H. 2013 Engineering education for sustainable development in Vietnamese universities : building culturally appropriate strategies for transforming the engineering curriculum towards sustainable development University of Gloucestershire
Al-Hamad, Salah Madhi Ahmad 2013 Blended learning system for further and higher education mechanical engineering courses in Bahrain University of Huddersfield
Hunter, Kathleen Allison 2013 Gender and science in twentieth-century British engineering : an interdisciplinary analysis University of Oxford
Tan, Kia Ann Aaron 2012 Learning patterns of engineering students in a Singapore tertiary education context and the implications for continuing education in the field of engineering Durham University
Gartland, Clare 2012 Cultivating rough diamonds’ : a study of student ambassadors’ contribution to widening participation schemes in engineering and medicine at two contrasting universities Institute of Education, University of London
Gao, Mingyi 2012 A theoretical model for the effectiveness of project-based learning in engineering design education Loughborough University
Carter, Alan 2012 Assessment-in-action : a study of lecturers’ and students’ constructions of BTEC national assessment practice in a college engineering programme area University of the West of England, Bristol
Tzanakou, Charikleia 2012 Beyond the PhD : the significance of boundaries in the early careers of highly qualified Greek scientists and engineers University of Warwick
Cockerton, Caitlin 2011 Going synthetic : how scientists and engineers imagine and build a new biology London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Mokhtar, Mahani 2011 Exploring the intentions, expectations and experiences of female Ph.D. students in the fields of education and engineering at one university in Malaysia University of Bristol
Taylor, Annette Louise 2011 Engineering mathematics and virtual learning environments : a case study of student perceptions University of Plymouth
Gallagher, John P. 2011 Changing relationships of the state, the professions and higher education in contemporary Ireland : the examples of medicine, law and engineering University of Sheffield
Soltani-Tafreshi, Fakhteh 2010 The impact of industrial sponsorship on students, academia and industry Loughborough University
Hopkinson, Viviana 2010 Why do I have to do key skills? : accounting for year one engineering college students’ perspectives on work and vocalisational education : a case study The Open University
Russell, M. 2010 A personalised assessment programme in engineering education University of Hertfordshire
Grierson, Hilary J. 2010 Towards principles and project memories for distributed-design information storing in engineering design education University of Strathclyde
Powell, Abigail 2009 The (un)balancing act : the impact of culture on women engineering students’ gendered and professional identities  Loughborough University
Hasan, H. 2009 Exploring engineering employability competencies through interpersonal and enterprise skills Coventry University
Pei, Eujin 2009 Building a common language of design representations for industrial designers & engineering designers Loughborough University
Cowley, David 2009 Student perceptions of the impact of Science and Engineering Ambassadors University of Brighton
 Thompson, Mark S. 2009 The rise of the scientific soldier as seen through the performance of the Corps of Royal Engineers during the early 19th century University of Sunderland
 Shin, Inyoung 2008 English for Korean postgraduate engineering students in the global academic community : perceptions of the importance of English, skills-based needs and sociocultural behaviours  Institute of Education, University of London
Phillipson, A. 2007 The business of engineers’ : the organization and education of military engineers during the eighteenth century  University of Portsmouth
Arbuckle Araki, M. H. 2007 Japanese engineering and Scotland : Ryūgakusei and Oyatoi between 1865 and 1900 University of Edinburgh
Cooke, Robert Stewart 2006 The use of alternative energy technologies in buildings : the influence of engineering consultants  Brunel University
Oriogun, Peter Kehinde 2006 Towards understanding and improving the process of small group collaborative learning in software engineering education  London Metropolitan University
Webster, Michele Marie 2006 Key skills and personal attributes in the engineering technicians’ curriculum : a study of two further education institutions in Hong Kong and England University of Leicester
Fang, Woan Pin 2005 Teaching and learning in higher education : a case study of engineering students learning economics Durham University
Phipps, Alison Elisabeth 2005 Women’s education in science, engineering and technology : researching the arena of activity University of Cambridge
 Sng, Bee Bee 2005 Academic staff’s responses to educational changes in a School of Engineering in a university in Singapore University of Leicester
Robinson, Paul. 2004 Contributions to multidisciplinary engineering education and training University of Hull
Butchers, Ann Marjorie 2004 Learning off the job : engineers and professional education University of Sheffield
Tan, Hock Soon 2003 The use of a virtual environment in the education of engineering students Durham University
Koutsantoni, Dimitra 2003 Rhetoric and culture in published and unpublished scientific communication : a comparative study of texts produced by Greek and native English speaking engineers University of Birmingham
Doyle, S. 2003 Differences and similarities between minority groups in U.K. undergraduate engineering courses University of Cambridge
Cooper, Timothy 2003 Science-industry relationship: the case of electrical engineering in Manchester 1914-1960.. University of Manchester
 Nasr, Atef Ali Mohamed. 2002 A reading improvement programme for engineering trainees in Egypt  University of Ulster
Ahmad, Abdul Rahim 2002 An investigation of major change in the future world of work for engineers and the consequences for educational practices Loughborough University
McDermott, Anne Patricia 2002 Internet delivery mechanisms for the continuing professional development of the marine engineer University of Plymouth
Rivera Martell, David F. 2002 Introducing environmental concerns within an undergraduate engineering curriculum: A case study of innovation in a Mexican university University of Sussex
Awang-Ngah, Zainab. 2001 Exploring the factors related to academic publication productivity among selected Malaysian academic engineers. Loughborough University of Technology
Brooks, Donald Andrew John 2001 Training the military engineer : a study of assessment and its validity Open University
 Brown, Keith Bordinel. 2000 A case study of the changes to engineering education in the UK from 1987 to 1999. University of Lancaster
Intaraprasert, Channarong 2000 Language learning strategies employed by engineering students learning English at the tertiary level in Thailand University of Leeds
Alias, Maizam 2000 Spatial visualisation ability and problem solving in civil engineering University of Surrey



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