Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good (2:1 or above) undergraduate honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. A post graduate qualification (e.g. MSc) in a relevant subject would be an advantage. Applicants with experience in a relevant area may also be considered.

Please also provide an up-to-date CV and a research proposal, which is a summary of your proposed area of research (approximately 500 words).

The research proposal should include your research interests, initial thoughts on a topic, references to previous work, and the methodology and general approach you wish to take. You should also indicate how the research would make an original contribution to knowledge. If you do not have a firm research proposal it is still important to provide as much information as possible including possible topic areas and intended sources of funding.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

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.

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.

Department specialisms

All core areas of Construction (Structures, Surveying, Materials, Geotechniques, Transport, Water); Water and Engineering for Developing Countries; Environmental Systems Engineering; Transport and Infrastructure, Mobility Management, Environment and Sustainability, Infrastructure Engineering, Transport Technology and Safety, Air Transport

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months


full time
48 months

Course contact details

+44(0)1509 222611