Civil Engineering (Geotechnical and Engineering Geology)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:4587 Duration:36 months

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PhD supervision is normally available within the broad disciplines of geotechnical engineering and engineering geology, particularly in any of our current research areas of:

seismic engineering and extreme loadings; slope stability; multi-phase flow and coupled multi-field analysis; soil modelling; waste minimisation and reuse; ground improvement; site characterisation. Examples of specific project areas and titles may be obtained from our research projects websites in geotechnical and structural engineering and geoscience



We offer PhD and MPhil degrees on both full-time and part-time bases. Off-campus modes of study may be available in some circumstances, particularly where candidates have industrial sponsorship. You are provided with formal training in research methods for engineers and encouraged to attend appropriate taught modules to supplement your research training. We are dedicated to excellence in research degrees. Our programmes include intensive subject-specific supervision and training in research methodologies and core skills. There are also opportunities to undertake paid laboratory demonstrating and tutoring to gain teaching experience.

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School provides training in professional/key skills and research techniques, supports personal development, hosts postgraduate events and has links with several specialist graduate training networks.


An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in civil engineering, geology or a related discipline. Industrial experience desirable but not essential.

Applicants whose first language is not English normally require IELTS 6.5, Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme, applicants will be informed of this in the offer letter.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5


IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

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