Postgraduate research opportunities

PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Fully-funded)

We are looking for a high-quality student to undertake a fully-funded EPSRC studentship in Civil & Environmental Engineering starting in early 2018.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


15 November 2017


15 December 2017


3.5 years


The eligibility criterial for this position is as follows:

Eligibility for RCUK studentships

  • Research Council (RC) fees and stipend can only be awarded to UK and EU students and not to EEA or International students.
  • EU students are only eligible for RC stipend if they have been resident in the UK for 3 years, including for study purposes, immediately prior to starting their PhD.
  • If an EU student cannot fulfil this condition then they are eligible for a fees only studentship.
  • International students cannot be funded from RC funds unless they are ‘settled’ in the UK. ‘Settled’ means being ordinarily resident in the UK without any immigration restrictions on the length of stay in the UK. To be ‘settled’ a student must either have the Right to Abode or Indefinite leave to remain in the UK or have the right of permanent residence in the UK under EC law. If the student’s passport describes them as a British citizen they have the Right of Abode.
  • Students with full Refugee status are eligible for fees and stipend.

Project Details

We are looking for a high-quality candidate for a fully-funded PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering. The successful candidate will work within one of our three research areas:

·         Centre for Ground Engineering & Energy Geosciences
·         Centre for Intelligent Infrastructure
·         Centre for Water, Environment, Sustainability and Public Health
More information on the work undertaken in the centres can be found on our research pages
The project is undefined, meaning the candidate has the opportunity to define their own project in collaboration with a preferred supervisor.  Find out more about our academic staff and their areas of research
Applicants should hold a minimum of an upper second class honours degree, or an MSc with distinction.

This project has strict eligibility criteria - please check your eligibility before applying.  

Funding Details

In addition to 3.5 years of fees/stipends, students will also receive £1500 per year towards conference attendance/project costs.


The supervisor will be confirmed when a project is identified. 

Further information

Candidates must be able to commence their PhD before the 1st of March 2018.

How to apply

Students should email:

1)    A CV

2)    Transcripts

3)    An outline of your proposed area of research (including details of any discussions with a preferred supervisor if applicable)

 To Lisa Lyons in the first instance. 

If you have a preferred supervisor, please indicate that in your proposal.