Research Degrees - Civil

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Research degrees

Whether you’re looking to begin an academic career or want to develop your skills and expertise for a career in industry, studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential. 

The structure of a typical PhD, usually takes between 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time, during which you’ll be generating new knowledge and considering that new information in relation to existing information. You’ll need to be dedicated and passionate about your area of study. But it’ll be well worth it. Being a doctoral student is challenging, but incredibly rewarding. 

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Why do a research degree at Leeds?

Study in an active research environment: We have a track record of delivering high-quality research to solve real-world problems and have particular expertise in architecture; concrete; construction; energy geotechnics; environmental engineering; high-speed rail; infrastructure robotics; project management; public health engineering; safe low carbon buildings; sanitation; structural engineering; and transport infrastructure.

A strong network of support: The Leeds Doctoral College connects our whole researcher community and put you in touch with the services, guidance and opportunities you need. Not only that, you’ll benefit from a strong support network to guide you through your research degree.

Professional skills development: We think of the whole picture at Leeds. That’s why we offer a range of workshops and courses that'll enhance your skillset further and transfer into your professional career. 

Close industry links: You’ll benefit from our close working relationships with a large number of key companies and academic institutions in the UK and overseas. You’ll have the opportunity to attend industry talks, seminars and conferences where you’ll meet and network with colleagues from industry and academia.

Global community: You’ll join a friendly, supportive and diverse community of students and researchers who come from all over the world and have access to wellbeing and support services throughout your degree.

Applying for a research degree

Whether you're applying to a project or proposing your own, follow this step-by-step guide to completing your application.

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Find out our research degree fees. If you are a former student of the University of Leeds you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary.

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Find out about the academic and English language requirements in the School of Civil Engineering.

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My PhD experience

Dr Gehan Selim, who has a background in architecture, has enhanced my confidence by encouraging me to be a strong and self-starting researcher.

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Diletta's PhD was titled ‘Benchmarking nuclear decommissioning,’ for which she investigated project management in the nuclear sector. Her PhD was funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

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The Bioresource Systems research group is very supportive. Being part of this setting has supported me in achieving my research objectives and find new findings toward enhancing our environment.

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