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PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Surrey
Surrey, England, UK
PhDs in UKPhDs in England30-48mths full-time, 60-96mths part-time

Why Surrey?
From optimising the management of large-scale complex networks, through the long-term behaviour and interactions of structures and soils with their surroundings, down to the development of new materials and the monitoring and control of air and water quality, our research seeks to support the design, delivery and management of efficient and sustainable infrastructure in the widest of contexts.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is committed to providing research students with access to a range of experimental facilities, analytical services, computer systems and associated technical support. Over the past five years there has been significant investment in the development of a suite of flexible, multi-use, experimental facilities and other specialist resources. This includes major refurbishments, and re-equipment, of the laboratories supporting research in construction materials, the testing of large-scale structures and for the study of water and related health issues. Most recently a new Geomechanics Laboratory has been created with the capacity to characterise soils and study soil-structure interaction problems under controlled environmental conditions.

By sharing resources with other departments across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences we are able to support multi-disciplinary, multi-scale research which spans traditional subject boundaries. This is in keeping with the Faculty’s ethos of positive engagement with the world and enables science-led enquiry to create engineered solutions to industrial and socially relevant problems both nationally and internationally.

Programme overview
Our PhD programme offers the opportunity to undertake research across the range of subjects covered by the three research centres within the Department and the wider research interests of the Faculty. As might be expected the research community within the Department is diverse and multi-disciplinary with students coming from a variety of backgrounds, including civil and mechanical engineering, environmental engineering and associated disciplines such as physics and chemistry. When combined with the wide range of skills and interests of the academic they form a strong group of civil, structural and environmental engineers who are working together to create, maintain and enhance our environment.

Students benefit from the monthly research seminars held in the Department. These aim to promulgate research outputs and encourage discussion of their implications within the wider community. They also enable individual researchers to develop and improve their presentation skills and explore new concepts, ideas and approaches with fellow students and the academic staff. In support of this the Department strives to maintain a friendly and supportive environment for its postgraduate research students and encourages an active engagement with staff at all stages in the degree process.

Those applying for registration as a research student must hold either a BSc, BEng or MEng degree in a relevant subject area at, or above, the 2.1 level, or an MSc with an average mark (normally) exceeding 70 per cent. Those applying with qualifications from overseas universities should seek advice from the Postgraduate Admissions team.

Research themes
Researchers with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering typically work within one of three main research areas:

– Infrastructure Systems Engineering
– GeoMechanics
– Environmental & Health Engineering

Why not discover more about our research?

How to apply
For more information on the course and how to apply please visit the programme website.

General enquiries:
+44 (0)1483 681 681

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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