Research course

Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

University of Southampton · School of Engineering Sciences
Integrated PhD

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Months of entry


Course content

The ability of our planet to support a growing human population depends largely on built infrastructure. Now, more than ever before, our global infrastructure systems must be efficient in their use of energy and materials, effective in serving society’s needs, resilient to natural and manmade shock loadings and demands, adaptable to changing patterns of use, behaviour and climate, and sustainable in environmental, social and economic terms.

A new type of professional leader is needed to address the challenges posed by a worldwide requirement for integrated and sustainable infrastructure systems. The Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems aims to address this need, focusing on water, flooding, coastal defence, rail and energy infrastructure issues. The programme adopts a cohort training approach, to deliver a group of talented engineers with the diverse skillset required to meet global infrastructure challenges. Each student will have an industrial sponsor linked to their PhD project and will have the opportunity to work with them on industrial placements.

The 4-year integrated PhD programme (first year similar to a taught Masters with some research components, followed by 3 years of full-time research) provides comprehensive transferable, technical and leadership skills training. Each student will tailor their programme of learning so as to deepen their technical understanding and prepare them for the challenges of undertaking cutting edge interdisciplinary research in the Energy, Water and Transportation sectors.

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Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration

Integrated PhD

full time
48 months

Course contact details

Engineering and Environment
+44 (0)23 8059 7705