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Masters by Research (MRes) in Civil Engineering

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Full time | University of Salford | 1 year | SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Research Methods (Science) Civil Engineering (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Salford is a prominent UK centre for civil engineering research. With internationally-recognised output in engineering, built environment, and environmental studies,our Civil Engineering Research Group combines a wealth of experience, supported by high-calibre academics and first-class facilities.

If you are looking to take your academic interest in civil engineering further, a research degree offers you the flexibility to conduct your own research project with academic supervision. At Salford, you have the opportunity to study towards a Masters by Research (MRes), a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our civil engineering research opportunities are focused on four main themes, aligned with core elements of the civil engineering curriculum: structural engineering, transport engineering, geotechnical engineering, and hydraulics.

Current civil engineering research topics include:

  • Wetlands and Sustainable Drainage
  • Structures and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Transport
  • Masonry Arch Structures

You will:

  • Research a broad range of fields in civil engineering, including structures, geotechnics, transport planning and bridge loads
  • Undertake research around an area from your own profession and develop solutions that can be implemented in the workplace
  • Earn a doctorate-level degree to take you further in your current career or provide a gateway into a research career


Globally, a postgraduate research qualification is usually a pre-requisite for an academic career. Today, many of our PhD alumni hold postdoctoral positions in academic research in higher education.

Our civil engineering postgraduate research alumni have a strong track record in pursuing diverse and exciting opportunities in the private sector, both in the UK and throughout the world. Graduates are well-placed to lead and manage research and development activities with professional bodies and consultancies connected with the construction sector.


The Civil Engineering research group at Salford has extensive academic and industry connections. The strong links enhance the activities available to our students, improves the quality and application of research, and helps to form long-lasting partnerships between students, academic staff, research communities, and industry practitioners.

Recent collaborative partners include the University of Manchester, the University of Sheffield, the University of Edinburgh, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Environment Agency, the Highways Agency, Yorkshire Water, Network Rail, Balfour Beatty, Lafarge, Costain, Cundall, Murphy Group, TfGM, Marshalls and Salford City Council.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the MRes degree programmes must have a minimum of a lower second class undergraduate degree, or relevant experience.

Department profile

If global events have given you fresh career perspectives, postgraduate study can realise your ambitions. Whether you want to build on your undergraduate specialism, you're thinking about moving into academic research, or you're looking to take a new career direction altogether, the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford has a suite of exciting postgraduate courses that can open doors to new...more

University information

The University of Salford is an ambitious and progressive institution in the Greater Manchester area. It offers a high-quality programme of postgraduate and research degree courses that furthers understanding in key areas of global research, and leads graduates into challenging and rewarding careers in science, healthcare, law, business, engineering, the built environment, media, music and the arts. Students will join a postgraduate community...more