Research course

Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Surrey · Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

A First or 2.1 class degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent overseas qualification, or a 2.2 plus a good Master’s degree.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Our PhD programme offers the opportunity to undertake research across the range of subjects covered by the three research centres within the Department and the wider research interests of the Faculty.

As might be expected the research community within the Department is diverse and multi-disciplinary with students coming from a variety of backgrounds, including civil and mechanical engineering, environmental engineering and associated disciplines such as physics and chemistry.

When combined with the wide range of skills and interests of the academic they form a strong group of civil, structural and environmental engineers who are working together to create, maintain and enhance our environment.

Students benefit from the monthly research seminars held in the Department. These aim to promulgate research outputs and encourage discussion of their implications within the wider community.

They also enable individual researchers to develop and improve their presentation skills and explore new concepts, ideas and approaches with fellow students and the academic staff.

In support of this the Department strives to maintain a friendly and supportive environment for its postgraduate research students and encourages an active engagement with staff at all stages in the degree process.

Those applying for registration as a research student must hold either a BSc, BEng or MEng degree in a relevant subject area at, or above, the 2.1 level, or an MSc with an average mark (normally) exceeding 70 per cent.

Those applying with qualifications from overseas universities should seek advice from the Postgraduate Admissions team.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are a number of fully funded PhD studentships for suitably qualified UK and EU nationals who can demonstrate the appropriate residency requirements. Other funding opportunities are also available within different research centres

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months
part time
60-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 682 222