Research course

Infrastructure and Environment

University of Glasgow · College of Science and Engineering
PhDEngDMSc by researchMPhil

Entry requirements


2.1 Honours degree or equivalent

Required documentation

Applicants should submit:
  • Transcripts/degree certificate
  • Two references
  • A one-page research proposal
  • CV
  • Name of potential Supervisor

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Infrastructure and Environment research division seeks to respond to current societal challenges through the ideas and creativity of engineering design.

The UK's first Chair of Civil Engineering was established at the University in 1840 and early occupants such as William J. M. Rankine set a research ethos that has endured. Rankine worked at the boundaries of engineering, translating and refining new ideas so that they might ultimately be used in engineering design.

We comprise a number of groups undertaking research in a broad range of subjects in the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Our research seeks to advance our knowledge, understanding and engineering of the built and natural environment.

Research areas

Mechanics of Materials and Structures

  • Computational mechanics: simulation and modelling
  • Computational material science
  • Soil mechanics and geotechnics

More information: Mechanics of Materials and Structures

Water & Environment

  • Environmental 'Omics and Bioinformatics
  • Environmental Technology and Bioenergy
  • Environmental Hydraulics
  • Nano and Environmental ScienceS for Innovative Engineering (NESSIE)

More information: Water & Environment

Transport & Smart Infrastructure

More information: Transport & Smart Infrastructure

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

View a full list of our current scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months


part time
96 months
full time
48-60 months

MSc by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
24-36 months


part time
36-48 months
full time
24-36 months

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