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Civil & Geospatial Engineering Research Programmes

We attract high-quality graduates and researchers. We train them to an international standard in Civil & Geospatial Engineering during their doctorate degree.

Our world-leading research base is diverse and reflects our drive to use cutting edge science to solve problems of global importance, creating a sustainable future.

Civil and Geospatial Engineering research 

The Civil and Geospatial Engineering research group is the largest and best-equipped of its type in the UK. We command a unique position and have the expertise to tackle the fundamental science related to global change. With close connections with many partners in government and industry, our work has a worldwide reach. Our research groups include:

Environmental Engineering

Future Mobility

Geospatial Engineering

Geotechnics and Structures



We collaborate with global leaders and external institutions, many of which are household names. Our collaborative projects reflect the multidisciplinary nature of our research. 


We have a range of state-of-the-art civil engineering and geospatial engineering facilities for research, which are available to our students during their research projects.


You will be taught by leaders in their field and be supported throughout your learning journey. Get in touch with our civil and geospatial engineering staff.


Join a highly successful research school and work with academics who are leaders in their field during your doctorate degree in civil or geospatial engineering engineering.

We offer PhD and MPhil programmes to teach the range of research activities that we cover. We provide a wide range of academic input in supervision, training and monitoring.

Studying a research degree with us provides you with:

  • training as part of the largest cohort of interacting and supportive research students in the University
  • access to purpose-built postgraduate study suites
  • cutting-edge labs, equipment and excellent technical support
  • access to a broad knowledge and network base from across our research portfolio
  • development of technical and generic skills
  • advanced taught courses and career development workshops

Match your own research interests with the particular interests of members of staff. This will help you to identify a potential supervisor and project options.


Our graduates have a good record of finding employment. Many industrial sectors need the expertise and knowledge that you'll develop during your PhD in civil anf geospatial engineering. Our graduates work in a variety of engineering industries and some work in universities as researchers.