Students are welcome to join the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) to engage in research and gain the award of an MPhil or PhD degree. Departmental research covers both the development and application of theory and techniques. Staff work closely with companies and organisations involved with CEGE, and are funded through UK Research Councils, European funds and industry.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
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
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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 a substantial EPSRC research portfolio in civil engineering, and our diverse range of programmes, which cover most major and advanced areas of civil, environmental and geomatic engineering, are accredited by professional engineering bodies (e.g. the Joint Board of Moderators, the International Hydrographic Organization, and RICS). Research students benefit from our extensive links to world-leading industry in London and directly engage with global challenges through their research with us. Our research graduates go on to make the world a better place as academics, entrepreneurs, civil engineers, planners, and policymakers.
Environment, Sustainability, Water and Wastewater Engineering, Energy Modelling, Climate Change Adaptation, Resiliency, Geomatics, Geomechanics and Materials, Structures, Transport, Health and Infrastructure. Applicants are encouraged to visit the research section of the CEGE website.
About this degree
Additional costs should be discussed with your prospective supervsior as each research area differs.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
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 in the Vacancies section of the CEGE website, as well as on www.jobs.ac.uk and <a href="https://www.findaphd.com
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
- 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 suggests 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.
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
With academic staff including world-renowned scholars with extensive professional experience in the areas of the environment, structures, geomatics, transport and healthy infrastructure, our very competitive degree programmes allow you to carry out ground-breaking research alongside some of the top experts in the field. UCL was one of the first universities to start a skills 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. Visit the UCL Doctoral School website for further details.
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, making it easy to attend research meetings and networking events here in the capital, or to make use of the excellent transport links to travel further afield.
In 2011 we received £17.2m of funding from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, more than any comparable department. We are taking on the big issues that face our world, from city design, managing an ageing population and transport infrastructure, to water processing and energy and resource management. Our research projects and our numerous research groups and centres span disciplines and cross subjects to provide new and innovative solutions and thinking that refers back to the human and the applied. We're engineering a better world.
Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
- All applicants
- 30 July 2021
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 the Academic staff section of the CEGE 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.Apply now
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