Civil Engineering PhD/MPhil

Postgraduate PhD degree Civil Engineering PhD/MPhil:

Our research tackles the problems faced by society today and develops the knowledge and tools to build the communities of thefuture. Many of our projects have already hada significant impact on society; the impact of others will be felt by generations to come.

Our research supports core themes of Transport, and Resilience and Sustainability. It benefits from being funded by industry, charities and research councils, which encourages innovative thinking andcreates internationally recognised research. We pride ourselves in offering a stimulating research environment and are always keen to discuss research opportunities with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.

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Ashley Hayden

Ashley Hayden

PhD Civil Engineering

“I decided to study here at the University of Birmingham because the research community here in this department has been second to none. When I came here on the open day nearly two and a half years ago, everyone I spoke to, whether it was a student member or a staff member seemed friendly, easy to get along with. ”

We tackle the problems faced by society today: we aim to develop the knowledge and tools to build the communities of the future. Many of our projects have already had a significant impact on society; the impact of others will be felt by generations to come.

Our research supports core themes of Transport, and Resilience and Sustainability and is clustered into four research groups:

We work closely with industry, charities and research councils to encourage innovative thinking which has an impact on our lives. As a result we are proud of our heritage of internationally-recognised, multidisciplinary research in a stimulating research environment.  

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees 2017/18 academic year:

  • £4,180 UK/EU students, full-time
  • £2,090 UK/EU students, part-time
  • £19,710 International students, full-time

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Scholarships and studentships
Sources of funding may include the EPSRC, the BBSRC, the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), the European Union and industrial funding for UK and EU students.International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
For further information contact the School directly or email  sfo@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Entry requirements

The normal entrance qualification for PhD study is a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, or a lower degree
plus an MSc/MRes or substantial relevant industrial experience

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements. Standard English language requirements apply.

How to apply

It is recommended to contact the research theme leader before making any application for PhD study to discuss your project and funding. Thereafter, applications for PhD study can be submitted on-line.

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Our research tackles the problems faced by society today and develops the knowledge and tools to build the communities of the future. Many of our projects have already had a significant impact on society; the impact of others will be felt by generations to come.

Our research supports core themes of Transport, and Resilience and Sustainability and is clustered into four research groups:

  • Environmental Engineering
    Environmental engineering at Birmingham embraces the key topics of water engineering (its purification and how we manage the natural water cycle to serve our needs), geotechnical engineering (engineering in harmony with the ground) and, more generally, urban living (managing and designing effective cities which will serve us in the future). Underpinning all of this activity, we are looking for solutions for a sustainable, resilient future – one where scarce natural resources are used effectively and where the ever-increasing urbanisation of the world means we have cities which work for their inhabitants, not the other way round!
  • Fluid Mechanics
    Fluid Mechanics research builds on a fundamental understanding of the motion of fluids in order to address a variety of real world problems. In this context, “fluids” range from water and air, through to slurries, waves and weather, and this allows us to study diverse topics such as wind-induced forces on buildings, vehicle aerodynamics, non-Newtonian fluids in water treatment works, and the behaviour of waves on a beach.  We have even been known to predict the motion of flight of cricket balls! Our research is grouped into two themes - wind engineering and hydraulic engineering - and it ranges from blue skies, theoretical thinking right through to highly applied projects, such as modelling the flow of air around the university’s famous clock tower.
  • Structural Engineering
    Structural engineering is vital to an efficient and effective development built environment. As urban development and global urbanisation take place, the Structural Engineering group has focussed its efforts on structural integrity and serviceability, sustainable design, disaster resilience, structural robustness and innovative structural materials. Working collaboratively with colleagues from academia and industry, we have looked at novel structural materials, energy-producing structures, renewable energy structures and zero-CO2
  • Transport Engineering
    From materials, road usage and highway design through to sustainable transport (walking, cycling), railway engineering, energy efficiency and risk management, this research theme is broad and encompasses most transport systems.

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