Research course

Civil Engineering and Surveying

University of Portsmouth · School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

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. 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.

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.

Module Details

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

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities.

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Fees and funding

UK students
full-time students: £4,121 p/a, part-time students: £1,590 p/a *All fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
full-time students: £14,400 p/a, part-time students: £7,200 p/a *All fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Centre - Faculty of Technology
023 9284 2993