Civil Engineering at University of Bath - UCAS

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Course summary

Study your PhD alongside inspiring academics who are leading research in civil engineering to improve the world we live in. You can carry out your doctoral research in a range of interests in our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. Our research expertise is grouped into four centres to which your PhD research topic will be linked. Our centres are:

  • Centre for Climate Adaptation & Environment Research (CAER)
  • Centre Digital, Manufacturing & Design (DMADE)
  • Centre for Integrated Materials, Processes & Structures (IMPS)
  • Centre for Regenerative Design & Engineering for a Net-Positive World (RENEW)
  • Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems (SES)
You will start this programme in October. You may also start mid-year, subject to agreement with your supervisor and the Doctoral College. Programme content Learning
  • Doctoral skills online
  • Doctoral skills workshop
  • Research project
  • Seminars
  • Supervisory team
Research content We believe in an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to our research. As such, we carry out research with other departments in the university, mostly Mechanical Engineering, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Management, and Computer Science. We are open to a wide range of ideas and want to hear where you’d like to focus your research. Our academics are especially interested to hear how your research could build on their existing work or about a new topic in their current subject areas. Professional Development Professional development is a crucial element of doctoral study, not only in supporting your research but also as part of your longer term career development. Our DoctoralSkills workshops and courses will help you build your skills and help you succeed in your doctorate.


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Assessment method

  • Thesis
  • Viva Voce
Assessment description You’ll join the Department as a member of the research centre that best fits your broad research interest and as agreed on acceptance. Most of our research students register as probationers for the PhD programme to begin with. Your PhD registration is confirmed subject to your passing an assessment process. This normally involves submitting written work and an oral examination. There is also an alternate by paper route which can be discussed with the Faculty. We expect you to carry out supervised research at the forefront of your chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis. Presenting your research findings is an important part of research training so we encourage you to prepare papers for publication throughout your PhD. The final stage of the PhD programme is the oral or viva voce examination, where you must defend your thesis to a Board of Examiners.

Entry requirements

First or 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject. See the International students website for details of entry requirements based on qualifications from your country. All non-native speakers of English are required to have passed English language tests. If you need to develop your English language skills, the University’s Academic Skills Centre offers a number of courses. English Language requirements - IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components - The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element - TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

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Civil Engineering at University of Bath - UCAS