Skip to main content

8040F-15 - Civil Engineering (Environmental) MPhil, PhD

Civil Engineering (Environmental) MPhil, PhD

Environmental engineering uses science and engineering principles to assess and mitigate pollution for the benefit of human health and the environment.

Join our virtual event on 16 August to find out what careers support we provide

Overview

Environmental engineering assesses and mitigates pollution for the benefit of human health and the environment. It brings together many disciplines. It requires an understanding of:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • engineering
  • socio-economics
  • legislation

We work towards the sustainable provision of clean air, land, and water. By pursuing research in the School of Engineering, you'll join a successful research group. Our focus is on environmental civil engineering. Our mission is to foster, promote and conduct research of international quality. We attract high-quality graduates and researchers and train them to international standards.


This research programme is ideal if you are enthusiastic about environmental engineering research. Our main research themes in environmental engineering are:

  • engineered biological systems
  • manipulation of the fate of micro-pollutants
  • pollutant sequestration
  • bioremediation
  • risk assessment
  • sanitation and low-cost water supplies for developing countries
  • waste stabilisation ponds
  • constructed wetlands
  • minewater treatment
  • carbon neutral initiatives
  • geothermal energy

We offer MPhil and PhD supervision in the following research areas:

  • anaerobic digestion
  • manipulation of the fate of micro-pollutants
  • pollutant sequestration
  • bioremediation
  • risk assessment
  • sanitation and low-cost water supplies for developing countries
  • waste stabilisation ponds
  • constructed wetlands
  • minewater treatment
  • carbon neutral initiatives
  • geothermal energy

Our microbiological research has a strong emphasis on understanding the engineering biological processes. We use ecological theory, underpinned by exploration of molecular techniques. For example:

  • fluorescent in situ hybridisation
  • quantitative PCR
  • denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis

We have extensive contacts in the UK and overseas. This enables research to be carried out in collaboration with industry and government agencies. Research projects are supervised by staff with a wide range of industrial and academic experience.

READ MORE

Important information

We've highlighted important information about your course. Please take note of any deadlines.

Qualifications explained

Find out about the different qualification options for this course.

MPhil, PhD

How you'll learn

Your development

Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) researcher development programme 

Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:

  • perform better as a researcher
  • boost your career prospects
  • broaden your impact

Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.

You’ll cover:

  • techniques for effective research
  • methods for better collaborative working
  • essential professional standards and requirements

Your programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.

Find out more about the SAgE researcher development programme

Doctoral training and partnerships

There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a:

  • Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
  • Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits:

  • they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.
  • you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students
  • they’re often interdisciplinary
  • your PhD may be funded

Find out more about doctoral training and partnerships

If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.

The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future:

Your future

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

The School of Engineering has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects.

Located on our Newcastle city centre campus, the Environmental Engineering group has activities across three buildings, in state-of-the-art chemical and biological research labs and with access to a wide range of analytical facilities. In addition, we have unique field research facilities, such as the BE:WISE municipal wastewater treatment pilot-scale research facility, The Urban Observatory, the National Green Infrastructure Research Facility, and access to research farms and unique industrial water pollution treatment facilities such as the Force Crag mine water treatment system.

We have extensive contacts in the UK and overseas. This enables research to be carried out in collaboration with industry and government agencies. Research projects are supervised by staff with a wide range of industrial and academic experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

Search for funding

Find funding available for your course

Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

Using the application portal

The applicant portal has instructions to guide you through your application. It will tell you what documents you need and how to upload them.

You can choose to start your application, save your details and come back to complete it later.

If you’re ready, you can select Apply Online and you’ll be taken directly to the applicant portal.

Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.


Apply Online  

Open days and events

You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

Find out about how you can visit Newcastle in person and virtually

Overseas events

We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

Visit our events calendar for the latest events

Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Postgraduate Research Administrator
School of Engineering
Email: soe.pgr.civg@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0) 191 208 6323

Online

For more general enquiries you could also complete our online enquiry form.

Fill in our enquiry form

Live chat

Our Ncl chatbot might be able to give you an answer straight away. If not, it’ll direct you to someone who can help.

You'll find our Ncl chatbot in the bottom right of this page.

Keep updated

We regularly send email updates and extra information about the University.

Receive regular updates by email

Chat to a student

Chat online with current students with our Unibuddy platform.

Chat to a student

Social media