Embedding circular economy principles into infrastructure EngD

Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
Entry requirements:
4 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 April 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
12 January 2018



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Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. A key part of the School’s ethos is the extensive links with industry. Many research projects are sponsored and applied by organisations in the civil engineering, construction and transport sectors, and Loughborough graduates are extremely sought after by industry and commerce world-wide.

Applications are invited for a Research Engineer to undertake a joint research project between High Speed Two (HS2) Limited and Loughborough University, via a prestigious four-year Engineering Doctorate programme, leading to the award ‘Doctor of Engineering’.

Project detail

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop innovations which will help in the design, delivery and operation of High Speed Two – the largest construction project in Europe – and ensure it is one of the world’s most technologically advanced railways. Working under an umbrella theme of “Innovation for whole life value”, High Speed Two Limited is working with Loughborough University to help optimise the design, build and operation of the HS2 railway.

The research project’s aim is to develop and validate a framework for embedding circular economy principles into HS2 projects through: a) assessing sustainability and circular economy requirements and processes currently being applied in HS2 Phase 1, and b) identifying and categorising HS2 assets and materials in relation to their potential for circular economy performance optimisation. The outputs will enhance HS2 stakeholders’ understanding and practice of circular economy, and help establish a culture of continuous improvement. For further information please visit our website.


Primary supervisor: Dr Mohamed Osmani

Secondary supervisor: Dr Chris Goodier

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Mohamed Osmani or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about postgraduate research in the department of Architecture, Civil and Building Engineering please visit our website.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) with a background in built environment or relevant engineering or design discipline.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage. The successful candidate should have a strong interest or/and experience in material resource efficiency, construction waste management and circular economy.

The successful candidate will be required to work between HS2’s Birmingham Head Office and Loughborough University, and with parties from the HS2 supply chain.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

The studentship is for four years and is intended to start on 1st April 2018. The studentship provides a starting minimum tax-free stipend of £19,413 per annum (2017/18 rates – the stipend will rise in line with the level set by the RCUK) plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The stipend may be higher for experienced graduates. Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants.

How to apply

How to Apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, please select ‘Civil and Building Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: CICE/2018/P04/Sustainable

Application details

Reference number: CICE/2018/P04/Sustainable
Application deadline: 12 January 2018
Start date: 01 April 2018
Interview date 05-16 February 2018