PhD/MPhil Civil Engineering

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    Ph.D. 3Yr FT
    Ph.D. 6Yr PT
    M.Phil. 2Yr FT
    M.Phil. 4Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

PhD/MPhil Civil Engineering

Swansea University has been at the forefront of international research in the area of civil and computational engineering. Internationally renowned engineers at Swansea pioneered the development of numerical techniques, such as the finite element method, and associated computational procedures that have enabled the solution of many complex engineering problems. Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a PhD or MPhil student in Civil Engineering.

Key Features

Computer simulation is now an established discipline that has an important role to play in engineering, science and in newly emerging areas of interdisciplinary research. 

The Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering at Swansea University has excellent computing facilities, including a state-of-the-art multi-processor super computer with virtual reality facilities and high-speed networking.

Research within Engineering at Swansea University is multidisciplinary in nature, incorporating our strengths in research areas across the Engineering disciplines.

Computational mechanics forms the basis for the majority of the PhD and MPhil projects within these engineering disciplines. 

QS world university rankings by subject

Civil Engineering at Swansea University is recognised as one of the top 200 departments in the world (QS World Subject Rankings).

Description

Recent PhD theses supervised in the area of Civil Engineering, which incorporates interdisciplinary engineering topics, at Swansea University include:

  • Finite Element Simulation of Damage Assessment of Concrete Bridges subject to Seismic Loading
  • Numerical Modelling and Optimisation of new RHS Column-to-I Beam Connections
  • Cohesive Discrete Element Modelling and Industrial Applications
  • Characterisation of Porous Media using the Lattice Boltzmann Method
  • Finite Element Simulation of Damage Assessment of Concrete Bridges subject to Seismic Loading
  • An improved numerical model for systemic circulation to study high blood pressure and remodelling
  • A novel dual time stepping approach in fluid-structure interaction - application to biomedical problems
  • A Semi-Geometric Variational Multiscale Method on Non-Nested Unstructured Meshes for the Simulation of Physiological Flows
  • Computational Simulation of Large Deformation Nonlinear Piezoelectric Materials
  • Simulation of coupled electro-mechanical-fluid problems using hp-finite elements
  • Immersed computational modelling
  • Computational analysis of fast transient dynamics within the framework of finite volume conservation laws
  • Compressible computational fluid dynamics for fluid structure interaction simulation
  • Cross-Flow separation: CFD Modelling & Experiments

Find out more about some of  the academic staff supervising theses in these areas:

Professor Oubay Hassan

Dr Chenfeng Li

Professor Yuntian Feng

Professor P Nithiarasu

Dr Antonio Gil

Dr Paul Ledger

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the PhD or MPhil Civil Engineering is a first or second class honours degree in Engineering, Mathematics or similar relevant science discipline.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office are happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email admissions@swansea.ac.uk for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:
www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements/english-requirements

 

How To Apply

Once you have identified a topic area within which you would like to work, we recommend that you submit a research proposal and discuss this with an Admissions Tutor for the subject area before making an application. You can email engineering@swansea.ac.uk to express your interest in a PhD or MPhil Civil Engineering.

Apply online and track your application status for the PhD or MPhil Civil Engineering at www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline

If you're an international student, find out more about applying for the PhD or MPhil Civil Engineering www.swan.ac.uk/international/students/apply

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
Ph.D. Full-time £4,200 £18,450
Ph.D. Part-time £2,100 £9,250
M.Phil. Full-time £4,200 £18,450
M.Phil. Part-time £2,100 £9,250

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from RCUK.

If your course starts in January, April or July 2017 please refer to the 2016/17 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the PhD or MPhil Civil Engineering do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Course Structure

PhD: Typically three years in duration (full-time). Students undertake supervised research.

MPhil: Typically two years in duration (full-time). Students undertake supervised research.

Assessment

PhD: A thesis of no more than 100,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva).

MPhil: A thesis of no more than 60,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva). In some cases, there may be opportunities for students to continue onto a PhD.

Student profile

Mayur Pal 

"I decided to study at the College of Engineering because it got good reviews from my Master’s Thesis supervisor at KTH, Stockholm, Sweden and Bachelors Thesis supervisor at IIT-Roorkee, India.

Studying at the College of Engineering provided me with a very high level of technical education and significant international exposure. As a result of this, after finishing my PhD I had several job offers and I took the one that suited me best.

Currently I am working as an Associate Research Reservoir Engineer at the Shell International Exploration and Production Research Centre in the Netherlands."

Mayur Pal, PhD Computational Engineering

 

 

 

 

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Hardware includes a 450 cpu Cluster, high-end graphics workstations and high-speed network links. Extensive software packages include both in-house developed and 'off-the-shelf' commercial.

Find out more about the facilities used by students at Swansea University.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

  • Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
  • Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
  • Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK