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Civil and Environmental Engineering, PhD, MPhil, MRes

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #300 (QS) Glasgow, United Kingdom
Located in the heart of Glasgow’s City Centre, the University of Strathclyde offers the Civil and Environmental Engineering programme, a unique combination of expertise including civil, environmental, chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as geosciences, material science, physics, chemistry and microbiology. 
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We have a vibrant postgraduate research community, with over 90 research students from a wide variety of backgrounds. We offer training in a diverse and international setting and we work closely with industry and government, ensuring our research is sector-leading and meets the needs of our stakeholders. Our world-class research portfolio includes international and multi-institutional research collaborations.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering programme at the University of Strathclyde can be studied over one year (MPhil, MRes) or three years (PhD). Our research is supported by funding from research councils, the Scottish Government and industrial partners.

Industrial Doctorate

For applicants looking to do a work-based PhD, the Faculty of Engineering’s Industrial Doctorate Programme allows you remain in full-time employment, while working on a PhD relevant to your area of work. You can find more information on the Industrial Doctorate web page.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      • one year (MPhil, MRes) or three years (PhD)
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

MPhil & PhD

You can study for your choice of these degrees in any of our research areas:

  • Ground Engineering & Engineering Geosciences
  • Water, Environment, Sustainability & Public Health
  • Intelligent Infrastructure


Our MRes degree is specific to the following programmes:

  • Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • 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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

We look for a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant  discipline, from a recognised educational institution.

The application:

  • your full contact details
  • copies of transcripts and certificates of all degrees (in English)
  • two references, one of which must be academic and completed using the Reference Form
  • an updated CV, detailing research and/or industry experience
  • a research statement, outlining your research interests and future career aspirations
International applicants
  • proof of IELTS English language proficiency if English isn't your first language (taken within two years)
  • a scanned copy of your passport
  • a scanned copy of your sponsorship letter (if available)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21850 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4407 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Rest of UK: £4,407

Living costs for Glasgow

  • 620 - 1020 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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