Research course

Civil Engineering

The University of Manchester · School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Applicants for admission will normally hold a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification, a Masters Degree or equivalent qualification, or both. The level of attainment for the Bachelor's degree will normally be equivalent to that of a First or Second Class Honours UK Bachelor's degree. A student may be admitted to an MPhil or PhD degree only if an appropriate research environment is available for the duration of the degree. This should include the availability of appropriate academic staff to provide supervision and training, other research-support staff, research facilities and learning resources.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

Energy, Environment and Climate Change

Energy, environment and climate change research are strongly interlinked. The challenges for energy research will increase against a background of climate change, changing energy provision within uncertain world politics, increasing world population, increasing pollution and need for control and remediation. The group's environmental research covers hydro/morphodynamic and geotechnical processes, particularly associated with pollution dispersion/migration and sediment transport, the built environment and urban aerodynamics. There is strong underpinning capability in computational fluid dynamics and soil mechanics, multi-phase flows, sprays, turbulence modelling and heat transfer.

Extreme Loading and Design

To ensure a safe society from accidental events (fires, impact, gas explosions, errors in design, etc.), natural occurrences (hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, etc.) or terrorist attack, there is a need to understand both material and whole structural response under extreme loads. Manchester has a well-known track record in researching the behaviour of structures under fire, explosions, impact energy absorption, dynamic response, and high strain rate material response.

Department specialisms

Geotechnics (Physical and Numerical Modelling); Hydraulics (Computational Modelling); Structures (Rolled Steel Structures, Fire Engineering).

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 ( with no sub test less than 5.5), TOEFL 570 with 5.0 in the TWE (Computer-based 230 or above or Internet-based 88-89 or above). Other English Language qualifications / tests can be considered including those offered by the University's English Language Teaching Centre

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
0161 275 4345