School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Postgraduate research

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We recruit over forty new PhD students each year. A number of these are self-funded, but places are also supported by annual studentship and Doctoral Training awards.

Advertised studentships

Each year the School awards a number of EPSRC, NERC, University and School funded studentships (for three years’ study towards PhD). School opportunities are generally advertised in October/November, and awarded by the end of February, for studies commencing in October. Graduate School studentships may be available at other times.

Contacting the supervisor of an advertised position is strongly recommended. Your perspective on the area can then be included in the project details section. Please make sure your application includes the relevant vacancy reference.

For information about current School studentships please click here →

Applicants should apply online from the Graduate School website. These scholarships are very competitive, and only candidates who meet the qualification criteria (e.g. have an appropriate UK/European residency connection) and have outstanding qualifications should apply.

Doctoral Training Centres and the Industrial Doctorate Centre

LoLo: The London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand

The EPSRC-funded LoLo Centre offers researchers a novel learning structure based at either Loughborough University or University College London (UCL). Before embarking on their three-year PhD, students undertake a one-year MRes course that allows them time to absorb the context of energy demand studies and to pick up the rules, tools and methods that can support powerful, influential research. Please see the CDT website for full details.

NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

Our new NERC Doctoral Training Partnership offers excellent doctoral research training within the remit of the Natural Environment Research Council. See Central England NERC Training Alliance.

EngD Studentships

Engineering Doctorate (EngD) studentships are awarded when funding is available from EPSRC and/or industry. For details on previous studentships and projects, please see the CICE website.

Open Applications

Candidates may apply for a research degree at any time, even if specific vacancies are not advertised. These applications may be considered for any vacancies that arise later in the academic year, or candidates can source their own funding.

An online application should be made through the online prospectus. Please provide a summary of your proposed area of research (approximately 500 words) including your research interests, initial thoughts on a topic, references to previous work, and the methodology and general approach you wish to take. You should also indicate how the research would make an original contribution to knowledge.

If you do not have a firm research proposal it is still important to provide as much information as possible including possible topic areas and intended sources of funding.

Further information