Postgraduate research & PhD opportunities

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Take a look at our postgraduate research and PhD opportunities we have on offer at the University of Strathclyde.

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Advanced BioMaterials for Construction and Civil Engineering


Opens:6 September 2017

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.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

bio-deterioration of concrete and conservation of architectural heritage


Opens:18 October 2017

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.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Understanding Hydrate Formation in Porous Rock for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Applications


Deadline:8 February 2021 Opens:9 March 2020

Many naturally occurring heat sources are accessed using EGS technology, one of the challenges in this technology is mineral precipitation. This project aims to understand how the precipitation (nucleation) of these minerals occurs in different rock types.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Developing an integrated geothermal resource risk assessment toolkit


Deadline:31 January 2021 Opens:26 October 2020

Geothermal energy represents a real and exciting opportunity to decarbonise the heat sector. This PhD project will investigate existing, and develop new methodologies to optimise exploration and de-risk development of deep hot sedimentary aquifers.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Carbon geological storage: understanding micro-mechanisms of CO2 capillary breakthrough and localized pathways to assess caprock CO2 leakage hazard


Deadline:15 February 2021 Opens:30 October 2020

This PhD studentship will focus on conducting a micro-scale experimental investigations of crack initiation in clays, to characterize the cracking micro-mechanism occurring when exposed to CO2. The PhD student will be involved in the activities of the International Research Centre for Clay Micromechanics.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Chemistry, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Assessment of long and short term thermal energy storage in flooded coal mines


Deadline:15 February 2021 Opens:30 October 2020

Thermal energy storage in flooded mines represents an exciting opportunity to decarbonise the heating and cooling sector. This PhD project will investigate feasibility of long (e.g. seasonal) and short (e.g. diurnal) term thermal storage in a single shaft system. It will be in partnership with the Coal Authority.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Understanding Hydrate Formation in Porous Rock for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Applications


Deadline:15 February 2021 Opens:30 October 2020

One of the challenges in enhanced geothermal system (EGS) technology is mineral precipitation, e.g. formation of carbonates or low solubility sulfates, that can block pores and hence hinder extraction. This project aims to understand how the precipitation (nucleation) of these minerals occurs in different rock types.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Chemistry, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Understanding and reducing bias in fracture data collection for improved geoenergy development


Deadline:15 February 2021 Opens:30 October 2020

This exciting PhD project will explore how cognitive and physical bias in fracture data collection (at different scales of enquiry) affect fracture presentation in geological models and, critically, how these uncertainties influence model outcomes for geoenergy and engineering applications.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics and statistics, Physics, Psychology

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Industry-linked PhD Studentship: Developing novel ways to integrate geophysical and geotechnical data for automated ground modelling of offshore wind farms


Deadline:31 January 2021 Opens:9 November 2020

This joint university/industry PhD is aimed at advancing the state-of-the-art in automated ground modelling of offshore wind farms. The project seeks to develop a rigorous, statistical framework to automatically combine geophysical & geotechnical data to improve the quality of the ground model for an offshore windfarm.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Civil and environmental engineering, Computer and information sciences, Mathematics and statistics, Physics, Management science

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend