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Year of entry: 2024

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The standard academic entry requirement for this PhD is an upper second-class (2:1) honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD (or international equivalent) OR any upper-second class (2:1) honours degree and a Master’s degree at merit in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD (or international equivalent).

Other combinations of qualifications and research or work experience may also be considered. Please contact the admissions team to check.

Full entry requirements

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In your application you’ll need to include:

  • The name of this programme
  • Your research project title (i.e. the advertised project name or proposed project name) or area of research
  • Your proposed supervisor’s name
  • If you already have funding or you wish to be considered for any of the available funding
  • A supporting statement (see 'Advice to Applicants' for what to include)
  • Details of your previous university level study
  • Names and contact details of your two referees.

Programme options

Programme description.

Research in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering covers six broad research themes ; aerospace engineering, innovative manufacturing, modelling and simulation, nuclear engineering, resilient systems, and structures in extreme environments.

Our postgraduate research programmes in Civil Engineering offer the opportunity to study in a multi-disciplinary team alongside leading academics in the field. Drawing on our expertise in structural engineering, geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering, hydraulic and fluid dynamics, material behaviour, computational modelling and dynamics of structures, we deliver world leading and industry relevant research and solutions.

Your research will be supported by state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities. We have strong links with industry and excellent employability in a diverse sector of civil engineering. 

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time) UK students (per annum): Band A £4,786; Band B £7,000; Band C £10,000; Band D £14,500; Band E £24,500 International, including EU, students (per annum): Band A £28,000; Band B £30,000; Band C £35,500; Band D £43,000; Band E £57,000
  • PhD (part-time) UK students (per annum): Band A £2393; Band B £3,500; Band C £5,000; Band D £7,250; Band E 12,250

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The programme fee will vary depending on the cost of running the project. Fees quoted are fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for Home students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit the postgraduate fees page .

Always contact the Admissions team if you are unsure which fees apply to your project.


There are a range of scholarships, studentships and awards at university, faculty and department level to support both UK and overseas postgraduate researchers.

To be considered for many of our scholarships, you’ll need to be nominated by your proposed supervisor. Therefore, we’d highly recommend you discuss potential sources of funding with your supervisor first, so they can advise on your suitability and make sure you meet nomination deadlines.

For more information about our scholarships, visit our funding page or use our funding database to search for scholarships, studentships and awards you may be eligible for.

Contact details

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

Programmes in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.

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Civil Engineering

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PhD, MSc by research Civil Engineering

Our multidisciplinary research addresses the global need for delivering long-term, sustainable performance of existing and new infrastructure systems. We are leaders in modelling and managing the impacts of extreme natural and human hazards, such as earthquakes, climate change, flooding, industrial processes, traffic and crowds.

Our application studies range from complete national and regional systems (such as national hydrological models, water systems, electricity and transport networks) through individual artefacts (such as nuclear facilities, offshore wind farms, underground services, dams, long-span bridges and buildings), down to local scale buckling models of reinforcing bars in concrete or mechanical characterisation of small-scale soil elements.

Much of our research requires numerical and experimental investigations across the length scales, from micro and macro to large, from particulate to continuum. It also includes monitoring of prototypes, for example, the dynamics of cable-stayed bridges such as the Second Severn Crossing, analysis of deep excavations and flood prediction based on real-time radar detection of rainfall.

We collaborate widely with academic and industrial partners from across the engineering, science and social science disciplines, and from around the world.

World-leading research

The University of Bristol is ranked fifth for research in the UK ( Times Higher Education ).

94% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Entry requirements

PhD applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a master's degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Applicants without a master's qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first class undergraduate degree. Please note, acceptance will also depend on readiness to pursue a research degree.

MSc by research applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline and demonstrate readiness to pursue a research degree.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our  profile level E.

Further information about  English language requirements and profile levels .

Fees and funding

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support .

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study.  Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2024/25

A number of funded studentships are available each year, supported by research council, industry, University or other funds. View the faculty website for a list of currently available funded projects or visit .

View information on funding postgraduate study for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Self-funded or sponsored students are also very welcome to apply.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

Civil engineering PhD graduates are found in a variety of careers, including world-leading research. Many also work as consultants or as part of large-scale engineering industries.

Meet our supervisors

The following list shows potential supervisors for this programme. Visit their profiles for details of their research and expertise.

Research groups

Earthquake and geotechnical engineering.

The Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering (EGE) research group is world-leading, hosting a unique multimillion-pound earthquake engineering laboratory equipped with several shake table earthquake simulators, a soil pit testing configuration, strong floors and a reaction wall. The large-scale experiments are executed in the SoFSI/EQUALS Research Infrastructure that includes the new ££12 million UKCRIC National Facility for Soil Foundation Structure Interaction (SoFSI) and the long established EQUALS laboratory. This facility integrates structural and geotechnical engineering for soil structure testing and fills key gaps in our understanding which cannot be resolved using conventional, smaller scale laboratory tests or prototype observations. The SoFSI/EQUALS Laboratory can deliver a unique, high value capability for de-risking investments in innovation and development, for example in life extension techniques for existing infrastructure or the application of new materials and devices.

The group's area encompasses earthquake engineering, structural engineering, advanced composite materials, geomechanics and infrastructure resilience. It develops techniques for theoretical and numerical analysis, physical testing of infrastructure in the field and laboratory, advanced structural and geotechnical material behaviour characterisation and modelling, structural vulnerability and overall non-linear dynamic performance assessment. It has made notable advances in several areas, including the mechanisms of wind and pedestrian-induced vibrations, the non-linear dynamics of masonry and other buildings, dynamics of long-span bridges, cable structures, wind turbines, and seismic response of bridges and large dams. The research group also works on the analysis, design and assessment of earthquake-resistant structures, including novel numerical and analytical methods, retrofit techniques, risk studies, and on-site inspection of buildings, bridges and critical infrastructure.

The group has an active interest in solving geotechnical problems using a multi-scale approach, combining advanced laboratory testing, constitutive modelling, physical modelling, field observation and numerical simulation. Recent research has focused on measurements of deformation properties of soils using novel techniques of laboratory geophysics at very small strains for stiffness; dynamic soil-structure interaction, with an emphasis on piles and retaining walls; and foundations of offshore wind turbines.

The group also has a strong interest in the characterisation of treated geomaterials: mixtures of soil with various inclusions such as fibres, cement, fly ash and soft tyre chips. The Soil Mechanics Laboratory possesses a series of triaxial and a unique set of multiaxial soil test apparatus: true triaxial apparatus (independent variation of three principal stresses, rigid boundaries), cubical cell (independent variation of three principal stresses, flexible boundaries) and hollow cylindrical torsional apparatus (independent control of four stress variables).

Water and Environment

The Water and Environmental Engineering research group is concerned with characterising and simulating the water environment in a changing world. We advance the sustainable use of water resources, provide design variables for infrastructure and enhance the security of society regarding floods and other environmental hazards. Focus areas include hydrology, water and health, climate change impacts, human impacts, water quality, risk from natural hazards, and new observational methods.

Water and environmental security are crucial for the sustainable and safe existence of both people and nature. Ensuring water security requires protection from floods and water scarcity, and the sufficient supply of fresh water of appropriate quality to ensure environmental and human health. The future of our society is less likely to be threatened by armed conflict than by population growth, climate change, water shortages and pollution, as well as poverty and rising food prices. The water and environment research group focuses on developing the theory and tools needed to address the complex issue of water security in a changing world. The group consists of an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists who combine process understanding, mathematical modelling, novel monitoring approaches and engineering principles to solve societal water problems.

Systems and Safety

The Infrastructure Systems research group develops novel, holistic approaches for characterising and managing the safe and sustainable performance of complex socio-technical systems. Key areas of work include sustainable systems, problem structuring methods, the vulnerability and resilience of infrastructures, infrastructure interdependencies, smart cities and communities, and the safety and vulnerability of embedded software systems.

Within the research group, the Safety Systems Research Centre performs novel research into the safe and resilient performance of complex systems, including computational and organisational factors. The centre is also part of the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre, and Bristol's strategic relationship with EDF.

The Group also hosts the Infrastructure Collaboratory, Bristol's UKCRIC Urban Observatory facility, responsible for deploying testbeds across the city and developing novel solutions for monitoring traffic, air pollution, energy consumption, water quality and many other aspects of urban life.

How to apply

You need to contact a potential academic adviser to discuss available projects, and complete a  Supervisor Suitability Form (Office document, 71kB) , before submitting an application.

You can then apply using our online application system. For further information, please see the  guidance for how to apply  on our webpages.

For September 2024 entry: Overseas: 31st July 2024 Home: 12th August 2024

If you wish to apply for an alternative start date, please contact the admissions team directly.

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We strive to be the best civil engineering department in the UK by developing and delivering our plans for excellent research.

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We’ve redefined our research goals and outputs, transformed our research culture by supporting and encouraging those who are showing research ambition and potential, and cultivated inter-disciplinary networks, so that our research strengths feed into the most important global engineering challenges we face.

Visit our ' Opportunities ' page to explore available projects.

Want to join us?

To apply for a PhD in the department you will need to complete an online application form . Please read this useful advice beforehand.

  • Three-year PhDs
  • MPhil degrees
  • Four-year Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) programmes.

Modes of study:

  • Full-time (3 years)
  • Part-time (6 years)
  • Research away from the University (see  Joint or Remote Location modes of study ).

Entry requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate Honours degree (UK 2:1 or better) or MSc (Merit or Distinction) in a relevant Science or Engineering subject from a reputable institution. ( Guidance about overseas equivalent qualifications .)
  • English Language qualification such as IELTS (overall grade 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component) or equivalent . Pre-sessional English language courses are available through ELTC .
  • Your research proposal
  • Excellent marks in a research project/dissertation undertaken as part of your undergraduate or masters course (including detail of any awards and/or prizes)
  • Academic references which clearly demonstrate your strengths as an independent researcher
  • Authorship of academic papers in internationally recognised journals or conferences
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience should contact our Research Support Officer . 

Please note: meeting the requirements for admission does not guarantee an offer of a place to study.

There are other factors that the Department has to take into account such as:

  • Whether a supervisor with relevant expertise and supervisory capacity is available
  • Whether the infrastructure (e.g. lab space and support) is available
  • Whether the proposed work fits in with the supervisor’s and the Department’s strategic research objectives.

Funding Information

Applications for PhD scholarships for study commencing in the 2022-23 academic year are now open. The closing date for these scholarship applications is  Wednesday 25th January 2023 at 17 hrs GMT . In the interests of fairness, late applications will not be accepted.

PhD scholarships information

Applications for University scholarships run once a year and your PhD application will not be entered automatically. You must apply separately.

Funding is competitive and only applications with an offer of study and a strong supporting case from potential supervisors will be considered. Please note that an offer of a PhD does not mean that the project will be funded. You must provide information about how you intend to fund your studies with your PhD application as we cannot proceed without this.

How to apply

  • Visit our PhD projects page
  • Identify your preferred supervisors in order of preference (choosing a maximum of three)
  • Draft your project proposal:
  • The questions or hypotheses to be addressed
  • Research methods
  • A brief timetable of the period of study
  • How you expect the research to be useful and to whom
  • Why you wish to pursue this research
  • Your proposal should be no more than 1500 words. Enter it into the application form section ‘Supporting Statement and Research Proposal’.
  • You should highlight your potential and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the field so that supervisors can see if you are a fit for them. Your preferred supervisor may not be able to offer you a project, so please tell us about generic research areas you might be interested in, so we can approach other academic staff.
  • Submit your supporting documents
  • Proof of your academic qualifications
  • Two academic references
  • English language certificate (EU and Overseas applicants)
  • Supporting statement – this should not be a repeat of your research proposal. You need to highlight your skills, academic ability and enthusiasm, and demonstrate to us that we will benefit from your attendance as much as you will benefit from studying with us (approx 300-500 words). Enter this document into the section ‘Course Supporting Documents’.
  • Your CV - list your publications and attach just two examples of your papers.
  • PhD research proposal (see step 3 above)
  • Further information and help is available at Applying essentials – PhD study and our Postgraduate online application form
  • If your application is successful, you will need to supply original documents before registering as a student.
  • The interview
  • We speak to all candidates we consider making an offer to. Interviews are either face-to-face, telephone or Skype. They take approximately 30 minutes and two members of staff will take part.  They will look for evidence of personal effectiveness, good communication skills, evidence of knowledge, and intellectual ability.
  • We process applications as quickly as possible, but some may take longer depending on receipt of supporting documents, and discussions between applicants and prospective supervisors.  If your application takes longer than normal we will inform you of the reason behind the delay.

Cohort start dates

We offer an enhanced induction programme for new PhD students and we strongly encourage candidates to begin at the start of each semester (late September/early February). This allows students to share experiences and provide mutual support as a group.

If these dates are not, an alternative starting date is possible although this will require the approval of the PhD Admissions Tutor.

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Civil Engineering PhD

  • Full-time: 3 to 4 years
  • Part-time: Not available
  • Start date: Multiple available
  • UK fees: £5,100
  • International fees: £21,500 or £28,600 depending on the nature of your project

Research overview

Civil engineering covers a wide range of subjects and The University of Nottingham is recognised for its supportive learning environment and excellent facilities. Research topics within civil engineering can be based around structures, Geotechnics, fluid mechanics, transportation, GPS surveying, road materials and many other aspects.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Meeting our English language requirements

If you need support to meet the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional English course. Presessional courses teach you academic skills in addition to English language. Our  Centre for English Language Education is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

If you successfully complete your presessional course to the required level, you can then progress to your degree course. This means that you won't need to retake IELTS or equivalent.

For on-campus presessional English courses, you must take IELTS for UKVI to meet visa regulations. For online presessional courses, see our CELE webpages for guidance.

Visa restrictions

International students must have valid UK immigration permissions for any courses or study period where teaching takes place in the UK. Student route visas can be issued for eligible students studying full-time courses. The University of Nottingham does not sponsor a student visa for students studying part-time courses. The Standard Visitor visa route is not appropriate in all cases. Please contact the university’s Visa and Immigration team if you need advice about your visa options.

We recognise that applicants have a variety of experiences and follow different pathways to postgraduate study.

We treat all applicants with alternative qualifications on an individual basis. We may also consider relevant work experience.

If you are unsure whether your qualifications or work experience are relevant, contact us .

Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about applying for postgraduate research.

Additional information for international students

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

These fees are for full-time study. If you are studying part-time, you will be charged a proportion of this fee each year (subject to inflation).

There are many ways to fund your research degree, from scholarships to government loans.

Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.

Researcher training and development

The Researcher Academy is the network for researchers, and staff who support them. We work together to promote a healthy research culture, to cultivate researcher excellence, and develop creative partnerships that enable researchers to flourish.

Postgraduate researchers at Nottingham have access to our online Members’ area, which includes a wealth of resources, access to training courses and award-winning postgraduate placements.

Graduate centres

Our graduate centres are dedicated community spaces on campus for postgraduates.

Each space has areas for:

  • socialising
  • computer work
  • kitchen facilities

Student support

You will have access to a range of support services , including:

  • academic and disability support
  • childcare services
  • counselling service
  • faith support
  • financial support
  • mental health and wellbeing support
  • visa and immigration advice
  • welfare support

Students' Union

Our Students' Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or contact the dedicated Postgraduate Officer .

There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:

  • international students
  • black and minority ethnic students
  • students who identify as women
  • students with disabilities
  • LGBT+ students

SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.

Where you will learn

Jubilee campus.

Jubilee Campus has eco-friendly buildings, alongside green spaces, wildlife and a lake. 

This campus is home to our business, education and computer science schools, as well as a sports centre and student accommodation.

You can walk to  University Park Campus  in around 20 minutes or catch a free hopper bus. Nottingham city centre is 20 minutes away by public bus.

University Park Campus

University Park Campus  covers 300 acres, with green spaces, wildlife, period buildings and modern facilities. It is one of the UK's most beautiful and sustainable campuses, winning a national Green Flag award every year since 2003.

Most schools and departments are based here. You will have access to libraries, shops, cafes, the Students’ Union, sports village and a health centre.

You can walk or cycle around campus. Free hopper buses connect you to our other campuses. Nottingham city centre is 15 minutes away by public bus or tram.

Whether you are considering a career in academia, industry or haven't yet decided, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.

International students who complete an eligible degree programme in the UK on a student visa can apply to stay and work in the UK after their course under the Graduate immigration route . Eligible courses at the University of Nottingham include bachelors, masters and research degrees, and PGCE courses.

Completing a research degree with us will ensure that you develop transferable skills that will be beneficial in a number of different careers. Graduates within the faculty have gone on to have successful careers as:

  • researchers
  • production managers and directors
  • IT and telecommunication professionals
  • business, research and administrative professionals
  • science, engineering and production technicians
  • natural and social science professionals
  • teachers, lecturers and educators
  • various other roles in engineering and architecture

92.6% of postgraduates from the School of Engineering Research secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £33,689.*

*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20 data published in 2022 . The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on data from graduates who completed a full-time postgraduate degree with home fee status and are working full-time within the UK.

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The University of Nottingham is ranked 7th in the UK for research power, according to analysis by Times Higher Education. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a national assessment of the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

  • 90%* of our research is classed as 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*)
  • 100%* of our research is recognised internationally
  • 51% of our research is assessed as 'world-leading' (4*) for its impact**

*According to analysis by Times Higher Education ** According to our own analysis.

This content was last updated on 27 July 2023 . Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.

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Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD

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Why choose this programme

Your PhD will be conducted as part of a research group within our School of Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering. You’ll work to create smart and clean urban environments, dealing with challenges such as constraints of space and ageing infrastructure.

By sharing resources with other departments and schools across the University, we can support you in pursuing multidisciplinary and multi-scale research. This spans traditional subject boundaries and enables science-led inquiry to create engineered solutions to industrially relevant problems, both nationally and globally.

You’ll benefit from our excellent track record for graduate employability: 100 per cent of our civil and environmental engineering postgraduate research students are in employment or further study, with an average salary of £39,000 ( Graduate Outcomes 2022 ). We also offer a wide range of studentships through partnerships with leading companies.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, the University of Surrey ranks 15th in the UK for research power for engineering and top 20 in the UK for the overall quality of research outputs (research papers and other published works).

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Frequently asked questions about doing a PhD

What you will study

On this programme, your research will address the need for safe and sustainable environments in which we can all live and work. Your research can be about anything covered by one of our four research centres , or within the wider research interests of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences .

You’ll be assigned two supervisors who will guide you through your PhD and meet with you at least once a month. Your supervisors will be responsible for your progress, professional development and personal welfare. They’ll also be able to support you with preparing your work for publication and for research seminar presentations.

You’ll normally spend the first few months of your studies exploring the existing literature within your area of interest and establishing the research question you’ll address. After your first year, you’ll take a confirmation exam, and produce a report setting out your research objectives and what you’ve done so far, as well as a plan for how you’ll complete your final thesis. Your final assessment will be on your written thesis, and by a viva examination with both internal and external examiners.

As a research student, you’ll be able to attend our regular research seminars, where you can find out more about what your fellow researchers are working on and try your hand at presenting. We encourage our research students to interact with all our research staff throughout their programmes.

Your final assessment will be based on the presentation of your research in a written thesis, which will be discussed in a viva examination with at least two examiners. You have the option of preparing your thesis as a monograph (one large volume in chapter form) or in publication format (including chapters written for publication), subject to the approval of your supervisors.

Research support

The professional development of postgraduate researchers is supported by the Doctoral College , which provides training in essential skills through its Researcher Development Programme of workshops, mentoring and coaching. A dedicated postgraduate careers and employability team will help you prepare for a successful career after the completion of your PhD.


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We are offering the UKRI standard stipend (currently £18,622 per year) with an additional bursary of £1,700 per year for full 3.5 years for exceptional candidates. In addition, a research, training and support grant of £3,000 over the project is also offered. Full home or overseas tuition fees (as applicable) will be covered.

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Research themes

  • Infrastructure systems engineering  
  • Geomechanics 
  • Environmental health and engineering  
  • Clean air .

Our academic staff

See a full list of all our  academic staff  within the School of Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Research centres and groups

Research facilities.

You’ll be given office space and a computer within the School of Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering, normally with other researchers working on similar or related projects. From here, you’ll be able to carry out computer-based desk studies, and access central supercomputer systems to run simulations or other analytical models.

If your research involves experimental studies, you’ll be given access to appropriate laboratories along with the support and training to use them. Each laboratory has its own trained technicians who will keep you safe and help you with any problems.

If your research requires fieldwork outside the office or the lab, your supervisor will work with you to help you carry out your studies safely and efficiently.

Some of the laboratories we have on site include:

  • A structures and materials laboratory, where you can manufacture and assess structural elements, including a mechanical testing suite with static/fatigue capacity from 1N to 1000kN at size scales of 1mm to 5m in tension/compression/flexure
  • The SAGE laboratory , which can characterise soils and soil-structure interactions under controlled environmental conditions
  • Laboratories within the Centre for Environmental and Health Engineering , which include: water resources surveillance, modelling and management; water treatment, supply and regulation; wastewater treatment, disposal and safe reuse; and pollution control and waste management. We also have a cryogenic mill and accelerated weathering chamber to enable studies of environmental weathering and degradation of plastics
  • The Air Quality Lab , a world-class air quality monitoring facility housing advanced equipment that can measure trace levels of gases and particles, including nano/ultrafine particles
  • The GeoInformation Laboratory, our research hub for geospatial analysis, remote sensing and geo-simulation. Researchers have dedicated computing resources, including powerful workstations, state-of-the art software and data infrastructure
  • Wind tunnel facilities for pollution dispersion modelling.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper second-class (2:1) UK degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower-second (2:2) UK degree plus a good UK masters degree - distinction normally required (or equivalent overseas qualification).

International entry requirements by country

English language requirements.

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

These are the English language qualifications and levels that we can accept. 

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses , designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Application requirements

Applicants are advised to contact potential supervisors before they submit an application via the website. Please refer to section two of our  application guidance .

After registration

Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.

Selection process

Selection is based on applicants:

  • Meeting the expected entry requirements
  • Being shortlisted through the application screening process
  • Completing a successful interview
  • Providing suitable references.

Student life

At Surrey we offer the best of both worlds – a friendly campus university, set in beautiful countryside with the convenience and social life of Guildford on your doorstep.

Start date: July 2024

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  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100 (subject to legal requirements).
  • Any start date other than September will attract a pro-rata fee for that year of entry (75 per cent for January, 50 per cent for April and 25 per cent for July).

View the list of fees for all postgraduate research courses.

Additional costs

There are additional costs that you can expect to incur when studying at Surrey.

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.

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Interested in a fully-funded phd.

On this page, you'll find links to available PhD Studentships in our Department. 

We're currently looking for students who hold (or expect to gain) either a 1st Class Honours Degree or a Masters-level Degree at Distinction level for some possible scholarship opportunities.   If you're an excellent candidate and are interested in starting a PhD, please get in touch with [email protected]

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The Industrial Doctorate provides opportunities for company employees who are carrying out high quality research in the normal course of their work to register for and obtain a PhD degree from the University of Strathclyde.

The aim of the programme is to establish cooperation between the University, a company and an employee/ researcher, on a specific project that is of high value to all participating parties.

It therefore serves to help bridge the gap between industry and academia.

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The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde is offering a substantial number of scholarships for international students with outstanding academic qualifications. 

Students may be eligible for a scholarship towards their tuition fees of up £3,340 for the first year of their programme of study.

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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a range of PhD research projects, many of which are supported by funding from research councils, the Scottish Government and Industrial partners. 

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Civil Engineering (Geotechnical and Engineering Geology) MPhil, PhD

At Newcastle University you'll work with academics who are leaders in their field so that your research has a real impact on civil engineering.

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Our geotechnical engineering and engineering geology research is revolutionary worldwide.

By pursuing research in the School of Engineering you'll join a successful research group. Our focus is on geotechnical engineering and geology. Our mission is to foster, promote and conduct research of international quality. We attract high-quality graduates and researchers and train them to international standards. Our geotechnical engineering and engineering geology research is recognised worldwide.

Our research links with the themes of sustainability in construction, adaptation and mitigation of climate change effects in civil engineering.

We provide MPhil and PhD supervision. This is within the broad disciplines of geotechnical engineering and engineering geology. Our current research areas are:

  • seismic engineering and extreme loadings
  • stability of man-made and natural slopes, open pit mines and tailing dams
  • multi-phase flow and coupled multi-field analysis
  • soil modelling and numerical modelling
  • characterisation and modelling of particulate materials
  • waste minimisation and reuse
  • ground improvement
  • site characterisation

We also encourage multidisciplinary research, such as:

  • ground improvement and remediation
  • in situ testing
  • geotechnical design
  • geotechnical processes in construction and the natural environment

As a result of our research we have been able to revolutionise:

  • electrokinetic geosynthetics
  • self-boring pressuremeters
  • Numerical modelling
  • geothermal testing

We have also constructed a full-scale embankment for field experimentation and host the National Green Infrastructure Facility (NGIF), a ‘living laboratory’, underpinning research into Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDs), Green Infrastructure approaches, and making urban centres more resilient and sustainable for future generations.

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Qualifications explained.

Find out about the different qualification options for this course.

An MPhil is available in all subject areas. You receive research training and undertake original research leading to the completion of a 40,000 - 50,000 word thesis.

Find out about different types of postgraduate qualifications

A PhD is a doctorate or doctoral award. It involves original research that should make a significant contribution to the knowledge of a specific subject. To complete the PhD you will produce a substantial piece of work (80,000 – 100,000 words) in the form of a supervised thesis. A PhD usually takes three years full time.

How you'll learn

Off-campus study may be available in some circumstances, particularly if you have industrial sponsorship. Our programme includes:

  • intensive subject-specific supervision
  • training in research methodologies and core skills

You may have an opportunity to:

  • undertake paid laboratory demonstrations
  • do tutoring to gain teaching experience

Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:

We offer a wide range of projects for the thesis. These will either be provided by our academics, or you can propose your own topic.

Our mission is to help you:

  • stay healthy, positive and feeling well
  • overcome any challenges you may face during your degree – academic or personal
  • get the most out of your postgraduate research experience
  • carry out admin and activities essential to progressing through your degree
  • understand postgraduate research processes, standards and rules

We can offer you tailored wellbeing support, courses and activities.

You can also access a broad range of workshops covering:

  • research and professional skills
  • careers support
  • health and safety
  • public engagement
  • academic development

Find out more about our postgraduate research student support

The Geotechnical and Structural Engineering subject group page links to our specialist research areas. You'll be able to:

  • explore possible research programmes
  • find out more about staff working in these research areas
  • identify a potential research supervisor

Your development

Faculty of science, agriculture and engineering (sage) researcher development programme .

Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:

  • perform better as a researcher
  • boost your career prospects
  • broaden your impact

Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.

You’ll cover:

  • techniques for effective research
  • methods for better collaborative working
  • essential professional standards and requirements

Your programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.

Find out more about the SAgE researcher development programme

Doctoral training and partnerships

There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a:

  • Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
  • Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits:

  • they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.
  • you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students
  • they’re often interdisciplinary
  • your PhD may be funded

Find out more about doctoral training and partnerships

If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.

The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future:

  • IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership

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From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

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The School of Engineering has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year).

We are unable to give an exact fee, this is why the fee is shown as a range. This fee range takes into account your research topic and resource requirements.

Your research topic is unique so it will have unique resource requirements. Resources could include specialist equipment, such as laboratory/workshop access, or technical staff.

If your research involves accessing specialist resources then you're likely to pay a higher fee. You'll discuss the exact nature of your research project with your supervisor(s). You'll find out the fee in your offer letter.

Home fees for research degree students

For 2024-25 entry, we will be aligning our standard Home research fees with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) . The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2024 by UKRI. The Home tuition fees for this course will be updated after this confirmation. 

If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.

Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.

EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.

If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here .


We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See  our   searchable postgraduate funding page  for more information.  

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Imperial College London 2024 Civil Engineering Dixon Scholarship

Home or Overseas Fee status . Awards offer full home tuition fees for home students and can be used to partially support an overseas student. Students are expected to have obtained (or be heading for) a First Class degree at both undergraduate and Master's level (or equivalent) in Civil Engineer

Published: 2023-11-02 Type: PhD Study in: London Deadline: January 8, 2024

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Southampton University Corporate Civil Engineering Scholarship Scheme

The Southampton University Corporate Civil Engineering Scheme (SUCCESS) offers: an annual bursary of £1,650  a summer work placement that lets you apply what you’ve learned and get valuable experience  mentoring from a senior engineer in your sponsoring company

Published: 2023-10-27 Type: Undergraduate Study in: Southampton Deadline: Not Specified

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City, university of london.

  • 2 years Full time degree: £6,360 per year (UK)
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Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD

University of surrey.

  • 4 years Full time degree: £4,712 per year (UK)
  • 8 years Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

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University of strathclyde.

  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,712 per year (UK)

Civil Engineering - Distance Learning, PhD

Swansea university.

  • 1 year Distance without attendance degree: £4,800 per year (UK)

Civil Engineering PhD

University of brighton.

  • 7 years Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

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  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,778 per year (UK)
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Civil Engineering (Structural) MPhil, PhD

Newcastle university.

  • 36 months Full time degree: £4,712 per year (UK)
  • 72 months Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

University of Nottingham

  • 3 years Full time degree: £5,100 per year (UK)

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PhD Civil Engineering Postgraduate Research

University of salford.

  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,780 per year (UK)
  • 5 years Part time degree: £2,390 per year (UK)

Structural Integrity PhD

Brunel university london.

  • 6 years Part time degree: £2,355 per year (UK)

University of Bath

  • 2 years Full time degree: £4,800 per year (UK)
  • 3 years Part time degree: £2,400 per year (UK)

Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering MPhil/PhD

Ucl (university college london).

  • 3 years Full time degree: £5,860 per year (UK)
  • 5 years Part time degree: £2,930 per year (UK)

University of West London

  • 4 years Full time degree: £3,995 per year (UK)
  • 6 years Part time degree: £2,000 per year (UK)

PhD Postgraduate research opportunities in Civil Engineering

Liverpool john moores university, civil engineering and surveying phd, university of portsmouth.

  • 6 years Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

Civil Engineering, PhD

Civil engineering (transport) mphil, phd, environmental engineering phd, civil engineering integrated phd.

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