Located in the heart of Glasgow’s City Centre, we offer a unique combination of expertise including civil, environmental, chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as geosciences, material science, physics, chemistry and microbiology.
We have a vibrant postgraduate research community, with over 90 research students from a wide variety of backgrounds. We offer training in a diverse and international setting and we work closely with industry and government, ensuring our research is sector-leading and meets the needs of our stakeholders. Our world-class research portfolio includes international and multi-institutional research collaborations.
Our postgraduate research degrees can be studied over one year (MPhil, MRes) or three years (PhD). Our research is supported by funding from research councils, the Scottish Government and industrial partners.
MPhil & PhD
You can study for your choice of these degrees in any of our research areas:
- Ground Engineering & Engineering Geosciences
- Water, Environment, Sustainability & Public Health
- Intelligent Infrastructure
Take a look at our civil & environmental engineering sample project list for some ideas on PhD projects we offer, or get in touch with us at email@example.com to discuss your own project ideas.
You'll have the opportunity to attend our weekly research seminars, as well as specialist classes and training courses from across the University.
Our MRes degree is specific to the following programmes:
For applicants looking to do a work-based PhD, the Faculty of Engineering’s Industrial Doctorate Programme allows you remain in full-time employment, while working on a PhD relevant to your area of work. You can find more information on the Industrial Doctorate web page.
Turbulence, Plumes and Transport of Pollutants in Gases at Very High Temperatures
With this project, we propose an investigation into a variety of flow configurations driven by gravity (buoyancy convection) at very high temperatures and/or driving temperature gradients
Structural Health Monitoring of Wind Turbine Rotor Blades During Full-scale Testing
The project aims at developing Structural Health Monitoring methodologies to monitor global response and damage evolution in large-scale wind turbine rotor blades during full-scale testing. To integrate data-driven techniques for describing and predicting structural damage behaviour and evaluating structural integrity.
Deadline:31 July 2018
Muon scattering tomography for civil structural health monitoring
The aim of this project is to develop an MST system for passively monitoring the structural health of reinforced and steel concrete assets in nuclear environments.
Deadline:31 August 2018
Improving models of spatial correlation of earthquake ground motions
The aim of this project is to develop improved models predicting how earthquake ground motions vary spatially. These models are important for modern earthquake risk assessments, especially of civil engineering lifelines (e.g. road, water and power networks).
Advanced BioMaterials for Construction and Civil Engineering
This PhD will explore how bacterially generated materials can be modified by incorporation of polymers and nanoparticles to enhance their mechanical properties. In this way, bacterially generated materials could be modified for specific tasks, such as earthquake and weather resistance.
bio-deterioration of concrete and conservation of architectural heritage
Bio-deterioration of concrete strongly affects much of our built heritage and is particularly notable in wet territories like the UK or South East Asia. How to effectively solve bio-deterioration of concrete sculptures and buildings is an environmental, societal and scientific challenge.
Building resilience to coincident natural hazards
This PhD will explore the complex interdependent relationships between natural hazards, such as flood, drought and heatwaves, as well as with their respective causes, and quantify the likelihood and impact of more than one high-impact event occurring coincidentally with another.
Engineering vegetation to stabilise slopes at the catchment scale
The project focuses on laboratory and field investigation of the effects of root architecture on evapotranspiration processes and hydraulic conductivity of the rhizosphere. This is aimed at designing remedial measures to prevent diffuse shallow landsliding.
Robotic monitoring and maintenance of civil infrastructure
This PhD will practically explore how robotically applied sensors, repairs and smart materials can be used to enhance the integrity and safety of civil infrastructure.
Health effects of exposure to traffic-related air pollutants
This PhD project will assess the effects of air pollutant exposure on the efficacy of medical treatments for respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, in collaboration with and the NHS in Scotland and Ricardo Energy & Environment.
A non-destructive verification tool for imaging the 3D shape of grout injected into near surface soils
This PhD project aims to develop a non-destructive imaging tool for visualising the 3D shape of grout injected into near surface soils. It will be based on combining two geophysical techniques: Electrical Resistivity Tomography and Microseismic monitoring. The project will combine field, laboratory and numerical work.
Apatite Biomineralization Technologies for Waste Treatment
There is growing research interest in exploiting biologically-mediated mineral precipitation to develop new methods for nuclear waste treatment. This PhD project will investigate using bacterial apatites to remove radionuclides, such as 3H and 36Cl from gaseous and aqueous waste streams.