Ph.D. On Campus

Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Surrey

48 months
22700 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Your PhD will be conducted within one of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s world-class research groups. In the Civil and Environmental Engineering programme of the University of Surrey you’ll work to create smart and clean urban environments within the constraints of space and the challenges of ageing infrastructure.


Why choose this programme

By sharing resources with other departments across the University, we can support you in pursuing multi-disciplinary and multi-scale research. This spans traditional subject boundaries and enables science-led enquiry to create engineered solutions to industrially relevant problems, both nationally and globally.

You’ll also benefit from the Department’s excellent track record for graduate employability and the wide range of scholarships offered through its partnerships with leading companies.

What you will study

On the Civil and Environmental Engineering programme of the University of Surrey, your research will address the need for safe and sustainable environments in which we can all live and work. Your research can be about anything covered by one of our four research centres, or within the wider research interests in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

You’ll be assigned two supervisors, who’ll guide you through your PhD and meet with you at least once a month. Your supervisors will be responsible for your progress, professional development and your personal welfare. They’ll also be able to support you with preparing your work for publication and when presenting to research seminars.

You’ll normally spend the first few months of your studies exploring the existing literature within your area of interest, and establishing the research question you’ll address. After your first year, you’ll take a confirmation exam, and produce a report setting out your research objectives, what you’ve done so far, and a plan for how you’ll complete your final thesis. Your final assessment will be on your written thesis, and by a viva examination with both internal and external examiners.

As a research student, you’ll be able to attend our regular research seminars, where you can find out more about what your fellow researchers are working on and try your hand at presenting. We encourage our research students to interact with all our research staff throughout their programmes.

Programme Structure

Research themes
  • Air pollution
  • Environmental health and engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Infrastructures
  • Smart cities
  • Urban pollution

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22700 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 48 months.

Part time:

  • UK: £2,250
  • Overseas: £11,400

Living costs for Guildford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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