Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Concrete technology: high performance concrete; rheology of fresh paste; self-compacting concrete
  • Environmental applications of remote sensing: generation and qualitative assessment of regional and global models; monitoring change: wetlands, global urban population and pollution
  • Environmental engineering: sustainable energy and resource management; environmental risk assessment; issues of society vs. technology
  • Fluid mechanics: dispersion of pollutants; wave, current and sediment interaction in coastal waters; wave diffraction and wave structure interaction
  • Geographical information sciences: management of large geospatial databases; spatio-temporal data mining; usability aspects of geospatial technologies
  • GPS, geodesy and navigation: seismic hazard assessment; global satellite navigation systems; high-precision positioning techniques
  • Industrial metrology and close-range photogrammetry: engineering surveying; measurement and modelling in manufacture and assembly
  • Photogrammetry, cartography and digital mapping: sensor modelling: high resolution optical sensors, SAR, LIDAR; feature extraction: 3D mapping and modelling of urban areas including automated feature extraction
  • Soil mechanics: behaviour of particulate materials including particle breakage; and micro-mechanics
  • Structural engineering: health monitoring of structures; whole life costing; dynamic behaviour; structural optimisation; deployable structures; earthquake engineering
  • Transport studies: sustainable transport, computer-assisted traffic engineering; transport networks; transport safety, transport economics and accessibility.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a subject appropriate to the chosen field, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English level expected: Standard


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  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450


Research Council studentships are available.

The Geographic Information Science MSc has Research Training recognition, with the potential for funding for students who wish to pursue a PhD.

Scholarships available for this department

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Funding offered by UCL and the China Scholarships Council (CSC) aims to expand the educational, cultural and technological cooperation between the UK and China.

R.C. Vaughan Bursary

Founded in 1976 by Dr K.K. Gupta as a memorial to Mr R.C. Vaughan who was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1940 to 1952

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Research students usually embark on academic careers in leading universities around the world, work for world-class engineering companies, or apply their expertise through high-profile policy-making institutions.

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