Cutting-edge experimental rail facility

One of the most advanced conventional and high speed rail research facilities in the world will be in Leeds

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Cutting-edge experimental rail facility

Research degrees

Studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential

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Research degrees

Research spotlight

Developing sanitation options for dense urban settlements

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Research spotlight
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Research and innovation

Research in the School of Civil Engineering contributes to delivering the infrastructure that we all rely on in everyday life. We have an ethos of working at the interfaces with other disciplines to tackle key societal and technical challenges, and our research has an impact at a global scale. 

The School is home to a large and diverse community of committed and passionate staff and students. We’re exceptionally proud that according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014, we are second in the UK for research power and seventh overall for the quality of our research.

Over one third of our staff and research students are female, and we currently have over 100 research students from more than 20 countries studying in the school. Our research is supported by dedicated and experienced technical staff and first-class laboratory and computing facilities.

Recent grants

Our research is funded by research councils, industry and charities both in the UK and overseas.

  • Juan Pablo Gevaudan, Susan Bernal Lopez, P.A. Muhammed Basheer, European Commission,  PERFoRM - Passive layER FailuRe Mechanisms for Steel Embedded in Alkali-Activated Slag Materials (May 2019), £299,500
  • Gehan Selim, Arts & Humanities Research Council, Our past, our future, all together in Faynan (May 2019), £34,372
  • Salim BarbhuiyaRoyal Academy of Engineering, Capacity Building on Climate Resilient Concrete for Marine Environment (Mar 2019), £32,004
  • Miller Camargo-ValeroBarbara EvansMark Trigg, ESRC, GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub (Mar 2019), £1,473,668
  • Gehan SelimArts & Humanities Research Council, The Living Museum of Umm Qais: Sustainable preservation, analysis and virtual reconstruction of Gadara's ancient site and village (Feb 2019), £250,000
  • Miller Camargo-Valero, Louise Fletcher, BBSRC, (GCRF) - BEFWAM - Bioenery, Fertiliser and Clean Water from Invasive Aquatic Macrophytes (Jan 2019), £410,007
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Collaborations

Our work has influence on a national and global scale through collaborations with numerous partners in academia, industry, government, professional bodies and NGOs in the UK, Europe, China, Africa, South East Asia, USA and South America.

We also have strong partnerships within the University of Leeds, including long standing collaborations with the Institute for Transport Studies and the Centre for Global Development and a leadership role in two major initatives: water@leeds, one of the biggest inter-disciplinary water research initiatives in the world; and Cities, a University wide research theme.