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MPhil/PhD Civil Engineering

Key information

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Civil Engineering (General)

Course type


Course Summary

MPhil/PhD Civil Engineering

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded for a research study, normally over a three-year period, which makes a significant contribution to knowledge. Candidates must demonstrate that they have made an original personal contribution to the understanding of a problem in a specific field, the advancement of knowledge, or the generation of new ideas.

Candidates normally register for Master of Philosophy (MPhil) with the expectation of transfer to the PhD programme upon acceptance of a Transfer document around the one-year point. MPhil (2 years full-time) or Research Masters (ResM/one-year full-time) are also offered for shorter duration research. All research degree can be studied in part-time mode. Remote supervision of overseas students is possible subject to identification of a supervisor local to the candidate.

Key features

Use of unrivalled facilities

  • the nationally important COAST Laboratory
  • the new Marine Station
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster.

Different course options

Full time | Plymouth University | 4 years | 01-OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


4 years

Start date



GSRCIVI1 Research Civil Engineering - Core
GSRCIVI2 Research Civil Engineering - Core
GSRCIVI3 Research Civil Engineering - Core
SRCIVI4 Research Civil Engineering - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


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

Applicants are expected to have completed a masters level qualification to a high standard (e.g. at 'merit' or 'distinction' level) as well as either a good 2:1 or first class honours undergraduate degree in an area of study appropriate to your project proposal. We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more

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