Civil and Environmental Engineering PHD

Why choose this course

Your PhD will be conducted within one of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s world-class research groups, as you work together to create smart and clean urban environments within the constraints of space and the challenges of ageing infrastructure.

By sharing resources with other departments across the University, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will be able to support you in pursuing multi-disciplinary and multi-scale research which spans traditional subject boundaries and enables science-led enquiry to create engineered solutions to industrially relevant problems both nationally and globally.

You will also benefit from the Department’s excellent track record for graduate employability and the wide range of scholarships offered through its partnerships with leading companies.

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 in 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 your personal welfare. They’ll also be able to support you with preparing your work for publication, and for presenting to research seminars.

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 that you will address. After your first year, you’ll take a confirmation exam, and produce a report setting out your research objectives, what you’ve done so far, and 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 in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, you’ll be able to attend our monthly research seminars, where you can find out more about what your fellow researchers are working on and try your hand at presenting yourself, improving your presentation skills. We encourage our research students to interact with all our research staff throughout their programmes.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PHD Full-time 48 months January 2019
PHD Full-time 48 months April 2019
PHD Full-time 48 months October 2018
PHD Part-time 96 months January 2019
PHD Part-time 96 months April 2019
PHD Part-time 96 months October 2018
PHD Full-time 48 months July 2018
PHD Part-time 96 months July 2018
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Research themes

Research facilities

You’ll be given office space and a computer within the Department, 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 practically.

Some of the laboratories we have on site include:

  • A structures and materials laboratory, where you can manufacture and assess structural elements, including in 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 (CEHE), 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 (AQL), 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.

Entry requirements

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

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English language requirements

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

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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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Selection is based on applicants meeting the expected entry requirements, assessment of application, successful interview and suitable references where required.

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

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time January 2019 £4,260 £20,800
Full-time April 2019 £4,260 £20,800
Full-time October 2018 £4,260 £20,800
Part-time January 2019 £2,130 £10,400
Part-time April 2019 £2,130 £10,400
Part-time October 2018 £2,130 £10,400
Full-time July 2018 £4,195 £20,000
Part-time July 2018 £2,100 £10,000

For fees payable in 2018/19, these will increase by 4 per cent, rounded up to the nearest £100 for subsequent years of study. Any start date other than October 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).

Overseas students applying for 2018 entry should note that annual fees will rise by 4% rounded up to the nearest £100.

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Additional costs

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How to apply

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Studentships

We have a host of partly and fully-funded studentship opportunities available.

Structural health monitoring (‘SHM’) of civil infrastructure

Funding information:
Funding is available for UK or EU nationals only and covers full tuition fees (home rate) and a stipend at the rate specified by the Research Council (rate for 2017/18 is £14,553 p.a. tax-free).

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