Research course

Civil Engineering and Surveying

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

What opportunities might it lead to?

Civil engineers are at the forefront of developing sustainable societies and many find themselves dealing with important social and environmental issues. Our research reflects this multi-disciplinary activity by collaborating on joint projects with surveyors, architects, mathematicians, chemists and microbiologists across the globe. The School of Civil Engineering and Surveying has a broad range of research interests ranging from structural analysis through to sustainability appraisal. Much of this work directly addresses real world problems, and the school has been very successful in securing funding to support this work from a range of sources including research councils, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and industrial partners.

The School of Architecture’s researchers work in a wide range of projects in the areas of architecture, interior design, urban design and conservation. Our research is undertaken in collaboration with academic, charitable, community and commercial groups outside the University and many of our full-time academics have practised as architects and designers. This ensures that our research is up-to-date and reflects the current and future needs of the industry and the wider built environment sector.

RESEARCH GROUPS

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

The work of the Environmental Technology and Management Research Group is diverse and interdiciplinary. Our environmental technology researchers work in the areas of constructed wetlands, sustainable drainage, waste water processing and rain water harvesting. Our environmental management research projects span ecotourism, sustainability appraisal and coastal zone management.

MATERIALS, STRUCTURES AND GEOTECHNICS

The Materials, Structures and Geotechnics Research Group actively researches advanced fibre composites in engineering structures. Our group consists of four distinct teams who undertake research into Advanced Composite Structures, Construction Materials Engineering, Safety and Security Engineering, and Geotechnical Stability and Testing.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND SURVEYING

The Construction Management and Surveying Research Group focuses on sustainable construction; the integration of technology in design and production; management structures, organizational frameworks and supply chains; and construction and property law. We conduct research into the Application of Computer Systems in Construction, the Contemporary Challenges of Sustainability and Regeneration, the Integration of Design and Construction Processes, and Construction and Property Cost, Value and Legal Issues.

SUSTAINABLE URBAN AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, LOW CARBON INITIATIVES AND MATERIALS

This area focuses on the investigation of strategies leading to sustainable cities, from the macro to the individual project. his priority area has direct links with the University of Portsmouth Environment Network (UPEN) and the Future Living Network.

DESIGN AND PRACTICE

Focused on the relationship between academic research, knowledge transfer, teaching and the local communities, this priority area aims to develop design frameworks, methodologies and theories.

THEORY, HISTORY AND CONTEXT

This priority area focuses on the construction of new historiographical discourses in architecture and urbanism, the values of social and cultural contexts and the elaboration of theoretical frameworks that inform design-based research.

NEW MEDIA, REPRESENTATION AND THE EXPERIENCE OF SPACE

This area focuses on how digital media, new interfaces and tools inform architectural, interior and urban design practices. Some interdisciplinary projects of this area explore the cross-over of architecture and neuroscience, as well as the relationship between body and space, considered through the frames of embodied practices, tacit knowledge and drawing and making.

Module Details

CIVIL ENGINEERING AND SURVEYING

Our researchers are working and supervising in fields such as:

Environmental technology and management:

  • Wastewater and drainage
  • Transport planning
  • Sediment dynamics
  • Rain water harvesting

Materials, structures and geotechnics:

  • Advanced fibre composites in engineering structures
  • Concrete technology
  • Reuse of waste materials
  • Geotechnical stability and testing

Construction management and surveying:

  • IT and BIM in construction
  • Sustainability
  • Energy efficient buildings
  • Quantity surveying and construction law

Student Destinations

Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Fees and funding

UK students
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £TBC p/a* Home/EU/CI part-time students: £TBC p/a* *All fees are subject to annual increase
International students
International full-time students: £15,100 p/a* International part-time students: £7,550 p/a* *All fees are subject to annual increase

Qualification and course duration

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Centre - Faculty of Technology
Email
tech-enquries@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 2993