University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Civil and Environmental Engineering

This 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.

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

Course modules

Research areas: Infrastructure Systems Engineering: Innovative construction materials and their durability; reliability assessment of large infrastructure systems; asset performance and management of potable water networks; advanced FE modelling and testing of structural systems under static/dynamic/fatigue loading; structural glass and glass facades; robustness and progressive collapse of structures; structural health monitoring and damage assessment. GeoMechanics: Mechanics and micro-mechanics of granular materials including image analysis; discrete element modelling (DEM) of granular materials including laboratory validation; physical modelling of geotechnical problems including soil-structure interaction with particular emphasis to off-shore wind turbines; soil-vehicle interactions including extra-terrestrial applications; wave propagation in, and constitutive models for, nonlinear materials; pipelines and piles in seismic areas including liquefiable soils; study of soil liquefaction using element tests. Environmental and Health Engineering: Advanced chemical and biological wastewater treatment technologies; water supply and sanitation for developing world and relief needs; solid waste and sludge management; water resource protection, catchments surveillance and vulnerability assessment; waste load allocation and remediation of polluted rivers; catchment and groundwater modelling and integrated urban water cycles; environmental flows and air quality monitoring; nanomaterials and their characterisation in the environment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 20,000 per Year 1 (International) 30 months
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (International) 60 months
PhD Full-time April 2017 GBP 20,000 per Year 1 (International) 30 months
PhD Part-time April 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (International) 60 months
PhD Full-time July 2017 GBP 20,000 per Year 1 (International) 30 months
PhD Part-time July 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (International) 60 months
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 20,000 per Year 1 (International) 30 months
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (International) 60 months

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