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Funded PhD opportunities for the brightest and best students from around the world

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2nd in the UK for research power - Research Excellence Framework 2014

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Research degrees

Whether you’re looking to begin an academic career or want to develop your skills and expertise for a career in industry, studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential. 

Research excellence 

Our School is internationally recognised for high-quality fundamental and applied research covering many aspects of Civil Engineering science and practice. The Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) placed us seventh in the UK for the quality of our research with over 90% of our research having either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact

Links with industry

You’ll benefit from our close working relationships with a large number of key companies and academic institutions in the UK and overseas. You’ll have the opportunity to attend industry talks, seminars and conferences where you’ll meet and network with colleagues from industry and academia. Many of our funded project studentships are in collaboration with our industrial partners. 

Research facilities

We have all the research facilities you’ll need to support your research. We invest millions of pounds each year to ensure we maintain a first-class learning and research environment. Facilities include: a fully equipped structural strong floor, a class II aerobiology chamber and a soils and testing rigs for full-scale structures built of construction materials. 

Professional development 

We’re committed to helping you prepare for what’s ahead in your research degree and future career. Our researcher training and development hub provides you with access to tailored training and development opportunities designed to reflect the demands of your current project and future employment. 

Exceptional experience 

You’ll join a friendly, supportive and diverse community of over 500 engineering and computing postgraduate researchers who come from all over the world. As well as a lead supervisor who’ll provide guidance and support on your project, you’ll also be associated with one of our research institutes, a small community with whom you’ll interact on a daily basis. 

Rewarding careers

During your time with us, you’ll have the support of our dedicated employability team as well as the University’s Careers Centre. Each offers a wide range of services designed to assist you in developing your career. The range of careers open to you once you’ve finished your PhD is broad. Our graduates have secured positions with organisations including, among others: AECOM, British Library, GE Global Research and Honeywell.