Research course

Impact of climate change on the deterioration of historic infrastructure

University of Leeds · School of Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in mathematics, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering. If English is not the applicant’s first language, they must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Historic structures are affected by different degradation mechanisms that are significantly affected by environmental conditions. As climate change is modifying these conditions, it is necessary to further examine how deterioration processes such as those derived from biological colonisation, exfoliation, salt crystallisation and freeze-thaw action are being altered by changes in humidity and temperature trends. This project is aimed at studying how long-term wetness is affecting historic buildings and bridges. The evolution of the deterioration processes will be analysed and modelled to account for climate projections in order to provide revised strategies for appropriate intervention.

Keywords: infrastructure, deterioration, climatology, conservation, heritage.

Fees and funding

This scholarship is part of Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship scheme.

This scholarship is fully funded covering fees and a maintenance of £14,254 in 2016/17

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Emilio Garcia-Taengua