PhD studentships in Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering PhD

Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
02 February 2018



in the UK for Building Engineering

The Times Good University Guide 2017


in the UK for Building

The Complete University Guide 2018


in the UK for Civil Engineering

The Times Good University Guide 2017


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. 

Project detail

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 ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. The School boasts world class facilities, with £1.4m recently invested in its 3,000m2 laboratory and one of the fastest High-Performance Computer clusters in the UK.

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 highly sought after by industry and commerce world-wide.

Applications are invited for PhD studentships to start in October 2018. The projects will be based in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University.
The School is committed to investing in the next generation of exceptional researchers, and applications are welcomed from high calibre students wishing to pursue research in the following areas:

  • Civil Infrastructure Engineering (e.g. advanced Infrastructure manufacturing; smart and resilient infrastructure)
  • Transport (e.g. connected and autonomous vehicles; sustainable transport)
  • Water (e.g. ecohydraulics; natural flood management)
  • Public Health Engineering and Management (e.g. sustainability of WASH practices and/or services within low- and middle-income country contexts)
  • Building Performance Measurement, Building Physics and Urban Energy Systems (e.g. Passivhaus buildings; energy monitoring; overheating; energy policy; combined heat and power)
  • Building Modelling and Optimization (e.g. building performance simulation; building subsystems decomposition; behavioural modelling)
  • Construction Projects and Organisation (e.g. Evidence-based construction industrial policy; construction supply chain resilience)
  • Construction Products and Processes (e.g. Wearable BIM for site management; maintainable, reconfigurable prefabricated buildings)
  • Architecture (e.g. digital design & fabrication; architectural material performance & construction; urban theory & regeneration)

Studentships will be awarded based on outstanding academic achievement and research potential.

Find out more

For further project details email Mr Berkeley Young or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering please visit our website.

Entry requirements

Students will normally hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Previous applicants have held degrees in civil engineering, physics, mathematics, chemistry, transport, geography and building services engineering. A relevant Master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.

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 three-year studentships are intended to start by October 2018. Each provides a tax-free stipend of £14,553 a year (2017/18 rates – stipend will rise in line with the level set by the Research Council) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International students may apply for these positions; funding will cover tuition fees at the international rate in full, but the student will be responsible for their own living costs (estimated at £14,000 per year).

How to apply

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

Please quote reference number: ABCE18

Application details

Reference number: ABCE2018
Application deadline: 02 February 2018
Start date: 01 October 2018
Interview date: TBC