Research course

Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Loughborough University · School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or master's degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a related discipline.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

One of four Royal Academy of Engineering designated Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is home to a thriving community of over 60 academic staff, 40 technical and clerical support staff and over 240 active researchers that include fellows, associates, assistants, engineers and doctoral students.

Research is one of the founding blocks of our mission to advance knowledge and transform lives. Committed to excellence and impact, we provide a supportive and stimulating environment where our academics and postgraduate researchers can excel, and develop knowledge and understanding to build the societies of the future.

We are a world-leading integrated centre for built environment research and education. Many of our research outputs are created for, and in partnership with, industrial collaborators to ensure demonstrable impacts on the built environment around the world. Together with our industry partners, our research activity encompasses a broad range of built environment research:

  • civil infrastructure engineering
  • intelligent transport
  • digital transformation in construction
  • water and waste management
  • building energy and indoor environment

Our staff are renowned internationally for the quality of their teaching and research, which has influenced policy and practice around the world. The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering has seen 100% of its research impact rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, underlining the wide-ranging positive impacts that our research has on the world (REF, 2021).

We have extensive state-of-the-art facilities, including the UKCRIC Laboratory of Modern Methods of Infrastructure Delivery and Maintenance and one of the fastest high performance computing facilities in the UK, to give you advanced skills and techniques to conduct leading research. These large-scale facilities are complemented by a suite of workshops and supported by a team of technicians trained in woodwork, plastics, metal-work, mechanical systems and electronics.

Our PhD students play a vital role in our world-leading research activities. Drawing on our excellent record in attracting research funds, currently standing at over £19 million, the focal point of the School is innovative, industry-relevant research. This continues to nurture and refresh our long history of working closely with industrial partners on novel collaborative research and informs our ongoing innovative teaching and extensive enterprise activities. This is further complemented by our outstanding record of doctoral supervision which has provided, on average, a PhD graduate from the School every two weeks.

Information for international students

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,712 (per academic year)
International students
£26,000 (per academic year)

Please see our website for a list of research degree funding and scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Full time: 3 years (PhD) or 2 years (MPhil)

Part time: 6 years (PhD) or 4 years (MPhil)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 222611