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Funded Civil Engineering MRes + PhD Studentships in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment, led by the Civil Engineering Division at the University of Cambridge, invites applications for full-time fully-funded MRes + PhD studentships starting in October 2017. The FIBE-CDT's research and training activities focus on integrating Cambridge's internationally recognised strength in structures, geotechnics, materials, construction, sustainable development, building physics and water and waste within the wider context of related engineering disciplines, architecture, the sciences, land economy, manufacturing, business, economics, policy and social science and also includes entrepreneurial training delivered in collaboration with the Judge Business School. Collaborating industrial partners and international academic centres will help shape and develop the Centre's vision and mission activities.

The MRes+ PhD programme is structured as a 1 year MRes + 3 year PhD. You will undertake training in both core civil engineering subjects and specialist modules to develop your research interests and prepare you for your PhD studies. The MRes programme is designed to allow you to explore your interests through labs, courses, group projects and involvement with industry partners. The subsequent specialist PhD study will be in one of nine identified interrelated themes: asset management, building physics, computer technologies in engineering, construction design and technology, construction materials and waste minimisation, future energy infrastructure, infrastructure resilience against natural hazards, sustainability and urbanisation and water and waste. Multi-disciplinarity elements and broader training in research and commercial skills will continue throughout.

The I+ Programme combines industry experience with cutting edge research in civil engineering, delivered in collaboration with a range of top-tier contractors and industry consultants. Successful applicants will spend 1 year working with an industry partner, prior to starting the 1 year MRes + 3 year PhD programme at the FIBE CDT at the University of Cambridge. The salary during the year in industry will be provided by the I+ partner.

Funding: A number of fully funded EPSRC FIBE CDT studentships, which cover both fees and a tax-free stipend (currently set at £14,553 per annum), are currently available for students meeting the EPSRC funding requirements for UK residency. Fees only studentships are available for students meeting EU residency requirements. Students may also be eligible for other sources of funding. A summary of the funding requirements can be found at

Candidates are likely to have a Civil Engineering background although students from cognate engineering or scientific fields will be considered. Some may have industrial experience. Students are normally expected to have a 2.1 or 1st class honours degree from a UK University or an equivalent standard from an overseas university.

MRes + PhD Application: Apply online at  , stating course code EGEGR3 (EPSRC CDT MRes+PhD Future Infrastructure & Built Environment).

I+ Application: The paper application form can be downloaded from the University Graduate Admissions website. Please note, you do not need to pay the £100 application fee at this stage of the process.Once completed, please send this form along with all supporting documents (transcript, evidence of competence in English - if applicable and CV/Resumé) combined to a single pdf document to the FIBE Programme Administrator and not to the University. 

Application Deadline: 30th June 2017. Early application is strongly encouraged.