Research course

Research Degrees within the Department of Civil Engineering

City, University of London · School of Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Engineering

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (normally no less than a second class honours degree from a UK University or an equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject. Some subjects also require an appropriate Masters qualification.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

There are four research routes available within the Department of Civil Engineering:

  • MPhil/PhD in Civil Engineering
  • MPhil/PhD in Geotechnical Engineering
  • MPhil/PhD in Hydraulic Engineering
  • MPhil/PhD in Structural Engineering

Research takes place under two Research Centres;

  1. Structural and Geotechnical Engineering; and
  2. Fluid Engineering.

The latter is the home of research in numerical modelling of fully non-linear hydrodynamics, which focuses on the development of numerical analysis methods for the analysis of the interaction between breaking waves and floating or fixed structures. The remainder of the research takes place within the Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Centre.

In Structural Engineering extensive structural laboratory facilities are combined with the development of advanced finite element-based techniques, supporting both the design of structurally efficient buildings and the dynamic analysis of structures subjected to seismic excitation, impact damage or blast loading. In geotechnical engineering, experimental work focusing on the response of complex underground geotechnical structures using our recently refurbished geotechnical centrifuge facility is combined with an investigation of the links between the mesoscopic and macroscopic properties of particulate materials and the influence of these on construction processes.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)20 7040 8116