Thomas Clark is currently undertaking an EngD in multi-pulse rectifiers for aerospace applications at the University of
Manchester. Prior to that, the 24-year-old completed an MEng in Mechatronics from UMIST.
“After my MEng, I was not getting any suitable offers for the many jobs I applied for, so I decided to make myself more attractive
to employers by furthering my education. The EngD suited me, as during the course I get the opportunity to study for a management diploma alongside research studies.
“If you see an interesting avenue for your research you are encouraged to take it. The amount of holiday you can take and the
flexible hours are pretty good too.
“I did my undergraduate studies at UMIST which has now merged with the University of Manchester. I am familiar with the facilities and the academic staff have always been helpful so it made sense to stay for my postgraduate studies.
“The facilities are very good. The department has grown rapidly since the final year of my Masters. The labs are well kitted
out and we all have decent PCs and ample desk space to work on. It seems that recently a vast amount of money has been spent improving the facilities and expanding the group. Staff are always helpful and mostly available for any questions.
“Outside of my core research, I have helped with other projects for my sponsoring company. I have also bought a house since
moving here and that seems to occupy most of my time outside of work with fixing roofs, hanging doors, sanding floors…
“The EngD business course includes development weekends, which have been as good as the other 10 guys on the course, and are a right laugh. These courses have improved my writing and oratory skills as well as my team-building skills.
“I have occasional meetings with Rolls-Royce (my sponsoring company) but largely I am left to work independently or with my
academic supervisors, which suits me. More interaction will be necessary once the research develops.
“The research has improved my analytical skills and the management has improved my communication skills, which will make me desirable to engineering firms or even strategic operations in the finance sector.
“Once I complete the course, I intend to become chartered with the Institute of Engineering and Technology. I think I will
have to give this more thought depending on the career I choose. I would strongly recommend the EngD at Manchester if you are interested in specialising in a particular field of engineering."