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Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering MPhil/PhD

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£4,915 (FT) £2,455 (PT)
£23,050 (FT) £11,800 (PT)

Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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 language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Our multidisciplinary department has a long tradition of excellence and innovation in research and teaching. We hold the largest EPSRC research portfolio in civil engineering and our diverse range of programmes covering all major and most advanced areas of civil, environmental and geomatic engineering are accredited by professional engineering bodies (ICE, CIWEM, IHO, RICS).
Students benefit from our extensive links to world-leading industry in London and directly engage with research to tackle global challenges. Our graduates go on to make the world a better place as researchers, entrepreneurs, civil engineers, planners, and policymakers.

Research areas

  • Environment
  • Geomatics
  • Geomechanics and materials
  • Structures
  • Transport and infrastructure
  • Applicants are encouraged to visit the research section of our website.
    More information can be found on the department website: Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering MPhil/PhD


    Research Council studentships are available.

    There are two sources of funding: 1) Scholarships for excellent students; 2) Research projects which offer research studentships. Information about scholarships can be found on the UCL Scholarships website. Fully-funded studentships attached to research projects are usually announced on our departmental website as well as www.jobs.ac.uk and www.findaphd.com.

    Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

    CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship - NOW CLOSED FOR 2017/18 ENTRY

    Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
    Overseas students
    Based on academic merit

    For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


    Our recent graduate data suggest that 40% of our graduates took up postdoctoral fellowships or lectureships at UCL or other universities after graduation. Engineering consultancy firms are the second most popular destination (30%), followed by policy-making organisations, such as central governments, and the United Nations (20%). In addition, there have been a number of graduates who pursued careers as entrepreneurs.

    Recent career destinations for this degree

    • Deputy Director (Transport Department), UCL
    • Lecturer, Chulalongkorn University
    • Senior Consultant, TRL (Transport Research Laboratory)
    • GNSS Software Engineer, Intel
    • Army Major, Greek Army Military Mapping Agency
    • Senior Sustainability Consultant, Ramboll


    The core skill set you would obtain during your MPhil/PhD varies depending on your specific research project but the department provides a wide range of opportunities so that you are not limited to what your research projects offers.


    Many academics in our department are working with industry partners. Applicants can ask about potential inputs from, or collaboration with industry partners when they approach potential supervisors.

    Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

    Why study this degree at UCL?

    With academic staff including world-renowned scholars with extensive professional experience, our very competitive degree programmes allow you to carry out groundbreaking research alongside some of the top people in their fields of expertise. UCL was one of the first universities to start a skill development programme and you will be able to take advantage of a wide range of training courses (e.g. our internal teacher training scheme), which equip you with the right skills for your research and future career.

    In addition to regular sessions with academic supervisors, our MPhil/PhD students have a dedicated administrative team and access to a range of support services and regular social activities where interdisciplinary research flourishes. Based in the famous Bloomsbury area, we are in the heart of London so it is easy to attend research meetings and networking events here in the capital or make use of the excellent transport links to travel further afield.

    Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

    Student / staff numbers › 107 staff including 48 postdocs › 154 taught students › 119 research students

    Research Excellence Framework (REF)

    The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

    The following REF score was awarded to the department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
    60% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

    Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

    What our students and staff say

    Student view

    "There are plenty of reasons why I chose UCL, but I think the most important one is the campus and being located in centre of London, fairly one of the best cities to live, work and study in the world. Also, as the rankings and its history indicates, UCL is frequently among the top universities globally with a uniquely high reputation among the industry that will guarantee a good career after graduation. Additionally, the subjects and scholarships offered by UCL helped a lot in my decision. "

    Arash Nassirpour

    Structural Engineering PhD

    Application and next steps


    Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

    Application deadlines

    You are encouraged to identify and contact potential supervisors before submitting a formal application. It is important that you find a supervisor who shares the same research interest and expectations and is available to take a new student. Supervisors in our department welcome emails enquiring about your potential MPhil/PhD study. Their contact details are available on our website.There is no fixed starting date for our MPhil/PhD programme but many students start in late September. Applications are accepted any time of the year.

    For more information see our Applications page.

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