Civil Engineering and Surveying, Ph.D.

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  • 36 months
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University rank #501 (WUR) ,
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.


Research groups:

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.

Sustainable Urban and Architectural design, Low Carbon initiatives and Materials:

This area focuses on the investigation of strategies leading to sustainable cities, from the macro to the individual project. his priority area has direct links with the University of Portsmouth Environment Network (UPEN) and the Future Living Network.

Design and Practice:

Focused on the relationship between academic research, knowledge transfer, teaching and the local communities, this priority area aims to develop design frameworks, methodologies and theories.

Theory, history and context:

This priority area focuses on the construction of new historiographical discourses in architecture and urbanism, the values of social and cultural contexts and the elaboration of theoretical frameworks that inform design-based research.

New media, representation and the experience of space:

This area focuses on how digital media, new interfaces and tools inform architectural, interior and urban design practices. Some interdisciplinary projects of this area explore the cross-over of architecture and neuroscience, as well as the relationship between body and space, considered through the frames of embodied practices, tacit knowledge and drawing and making.

Student Destinations

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic 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.

Tuition Fee

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    14400 GBP/year
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    Based on the original amount of 14400 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4121 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4121 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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