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Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering PhD

Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Civil Engineering (General) Building Design / Architecture

Course type


Course Summary


One of four Royal Academy of Engineering designated Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is home to a thriving community of over 60 academic staff, 40 technical and clerical support staff and over 240 active researchers that include Fellows, Associates, Assistants, Engineers and Doctoral Students.

Research is one of the founding blocks of our mission to advance knowledge and transform lives.

Committed to excellence and impact, we provide an environment where our academics and postgraduate researchers can excel, develop knowledge and understanding to build the societies of the future.

We are a world leading centre for transdisciplinary research in civil infrastructure engineering, transport and water and waste management and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in building energy demand. Many of our research outputs are created for, and in partnership with, industrial collaborators to ensure demonstrable impacts on policy and practice worldwide.

Our world-class teaching and research are integrated to support the technical and commercial needs of both industry and society. A key part of our ethos is our extensive links with industry resulting in our graduates being extremely sought after by industry and commerce worldwide.

Our PhD students play a vital role in our world-leading research activities. Drawing from our excellent record in attracting research funds (currently standing at over £19 million), the focal point of the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is innovative, industry-relevant research. This continues to nurture and refresh our long history of working closely with industrial partners on novel collaborative research and informs our ongoing innovative teaching and extensive enterprise activities. This is further complemented by our outstanding record of doctoral supervision which has provided, on average, a PhD graduate from the School every two weeks.

Our doctoral researchers are based in the Research Hub, a vibrant hot desking facility that encourages collaborative research. An active 'Hub Committee' organises training and social events for all research students. You will also benefit from access to our excellent facilities, including our 3,000m2 laboratory facilities, and High Performance computing facility. All doctoral researchers are provided with two supervisors with expertise in the selected research area and a Director of Doctoral Programmes to provide additional guidance and pastoral support. You will also be provided with a laptop, access to our laboratory facilities, technician support, access to funds for travel and conference attendance. You will attend training courses to support your research and professional and
personal development, with opportunities to support undergraduate teaching through employment as tutorial/ laboratory assistants.

Research areas

Building Energy Demand
Construction Technology and Organisation
Civil Infrastructure Engineering
Water Engineering for Development
Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT)

Future career prospects

Recent graduate destinations include:

AECOM, Associate Director
MWH Global, Water Engineer
Kuwait Airport, Mechanical Engineer, Directorate General of Civil Aviation
Roads and Highways Department, Government of Bangladesh, Executive Engineer.

Different course options

Full time | Loughborough University | 3 years | JUL-20

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or master's degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a related discipline.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more

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