We offer postgraduate research degrees in a wide range of subjects. Engineering subjects include:
We also offer research degrees in areas including geosciences, material science, physics, chemistry and microbiology.
We have a vibrant postgraduate research community, with around 70 postgraduates from a wide variety of backgrounds. We offer training in a diverse and international setting. We work closely with industry and government and our world-class research portfolio includes leadership of international and multi-institutional research consortia.
Our postgraduate research degrees can be studied over one year (MPhil, MRes) or three/three-and-a-half years (PhD). Our research is supported by funding from research councils, the Scottish Government and industrial partners.
All of our postgraduate research students have the support of two supervisors for the duration of their studies.
MPhil & PhD
You can study for your choice of these degrees in any of our research areas:
Our Civil & Environmental Engineering department has close links with industry. Around 25% of our PhD students have financial help from those links.
We also have several high-profile visiting professors who supervise current PhDs.
You'll have access to our £6m state-of-the-art research laboratories which opened in June 2013. Our facilities include:
Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
Numerical Modelling of Geomaterials
Field Investigation Capabilities
You'll also be given your own work area with allocated desk, computer and storage space in our new office in the James Weir building.
We support a wide range of international research collaborations. These include activities in:
Our staff are experts in their fields. Some examples of their prestigious achievements include:
Professor Lunn: Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) (2014); Geological Society of London Aberconway Medal (2011) for distinction in the practice of geology with special reference to work in industry
Professor Kalin (et al.): Brownfield Briefing Award (2012) for research in Environmental forensic methods for the characterisation of coal tar contamination
Professor Shipton: Geological Society of London William Smith Fund (2010) for excellence in contributions to applied and economic aspects of geoscience
Dr Lord: Best of Life Project (2010) winner for the EU Life Programme BioReGen Project
PhD student success
Our PhD students regularly win prizes for excellent research as well as travel funding.
Manpreet Puri: best presentation International Astronautical Congress, Beijing (2013);
Chiara Mazzoni: Institute of Civil Engineers ICE QUEST Travel Award (2013) for the American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco;
Stewart Beattie: $1000 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Grant-in-aid (2013) to develop aerial photography using a remote controlled aircraft;
Gareth Jones: Geometrics Scholarship Award (2012) for the best research project in the field of applied geophysics.
Fees & funding
All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.
Here are our fees for 2017/18:
Rest of UK
We're currently looking for high-quality applicants for our fully-funded PhD projects. Find out more on our PhD scholarships page.
Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship Scheme for International Students (Sept 2015 entry)
The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde is offering a substantial number of scholarships for international students with outstanding academic qualifications who are commencing their studies from September 2015. Students may be eligible for a scholarship towards their tuition fees of up £3,340 for the first year of their programme of study. Find out full details of our scholarships.
Research Council studentships (AHRC, BBSRC, ESPRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC)
Full Research Council studentships can only be awarded to UK and EU students.
If you're an EU student, you're eligible for Research Council studentships if you've been living in the UK for three years, including for studying, immediately before starting your PhD.
If you're an EU student and you haven't been living in the UK for three years, you may be eligible for a 'fees only' studentship.
If you're an international student, you can only be funded by a Research Council if you have the Right to Abode (ie if your passport describes you as a British citizen), if you have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or have the right of permanent residence in the UK under EC law.
If you have full Refugee status, you're eligible for fees and stipend.
Postgraduate Research Travel Award
This award contributes to the costs of conference and international travel for research purposes. The fund is open all year round but you can only make one application during your PhD.
Mac Robertson Travel Award
This is a joint fund between the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow.
It provides funding for students studying a PhD or an MRes, to undertake a course that lasts from two months to a year at a centre of advanced study either in or outside Scotland. It doesn't cover conference travel and applications close in May each year.
Finn Randall Travel Award
This award was created in memory of Finn Randall, an alumnus of the University of Strathclyde and an adventurous traveller.
It was established to help a registered student with the cost of a particular travel scheme that's considered to be the most enterprising and relevant to their course of study. It doesn't cover conference attendance or travel for research purposes. Applications close in March each year.
The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.
How can I apply?
You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.