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PhD/MPhil/MSc by Research Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering programme from University of Birmingham tackles the problems faced by society today and develops the knowledge and tools to build the communities of the future. Many of our projects have already had a significant impact on society; the impact of others will be felt by generations to come.

Quick Facts

Duration: 2 years full-time MSc by Research
2 years full-time MPhil
3 years full-time PhD
6 years part-time
Starting in: Anytime
Tuition Fee: £26,040 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

During your pure research Civil Engineering programme from University of Birmingham, you will be supported and guided by a supervisor, producing a thesis of original quality, worthy of publication in a learned journal.

Our research supports core themes of Transport, and Resilience and Sustainability. These are clustered into four research groups:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transport Engineering

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology

Why study this course?

  • We have extensive laboratories and facilities both on and off our campus for undertaking research in geotechnical engineering, water engineering, wind engineering and structural engineering.
  • Advanced computer systems are provided for research into numerical modelling of complex systems and issues associated with resilience. The Department has a long tradition of distinguished research that benefits from being funded by industry, charities and research councils. This encourages innovative thinking and creates internationally recognised results.


  • 2:1 Honours degree, or a first degree of a lower classification, along with an MSc/MRes, or evidence of substantial relevant industrial experience.
  • International students applying for this programme will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the University can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We recommend that you apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive an offer from us.

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