The MPhil and PhD programmes are an integral part of the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. Successful applicants are welcomed as junior academic colleagues rather than students, and are expected to play a full and professional role in contributing to the Department’s objective of international academic excellence.
We seek applications from outstanding individuals from anywhere in the world who are strongly committed to and potentially capable of high-quality academic research in any of the disciplinary areas covered by our Research Centres.
Months of entry
MPhil and PhD - Architecture & Civil Engineering
We offer research programmes in a variety of areas including:
- BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials
- Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA)
- Centre for the Engineering and Design of Environments (EDEn)
- Research unit for Water, Environment and Infrastructure Resilience (WEIR)
As a joint Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering we engage in research and develop graduate courses where integration between the disciplines is likely to be most valuable.
Research is also carried out in collaboration with other departments in the University, particularly Mechanical Engineering, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Management, and Computer Science.
The dissemination of research findings is seen as a vital component of the research process and graduate students are encouraged to prepare papers for publication as part of their research training. We encourage a wide range of interests. Academic staff are always open to ideas which extend existing work or introduce new topics to their existing subject areas.
The MPhil and PhD programmes combine taught research training and applied research practice. Candidates join the Department as a member of the Research Centre in which they initially have a broad research interest and that will have overseen their acceptance into the Department.
Most research students who ‘do a PhD’ register in the first instance as probationer for the programme of PhD. Confirmation of PhD registration is subject to your passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and an oral examination.
Candidates are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis.
The final stage of the PhD programme is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.
We offer research programmes in a variety of areas including: BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA) Centre for the Engineering and Design of Environments (EDEn) Research unit for Water, Environment and Infrastructure Resilience (WEIR) https://www.bath.ac.uk/topics/department-of-architecture-civil-engineering-research/
Information for international students
See the International students website for details of entry requirements based on qualifications from your country.
All non-native speakers of English are required to have passed English language tests.
If you need to develop your English language skills, the University’s Academic Skills Centre offers a number of courses.
Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time24 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Doctoral College