Funded PhD Project (UK and EU students only)

Project code



School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

Start dates

Closing date

23 February 2020

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 3-year PhD in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying to commence in October 2020. 

The University of Portsmouth is investing in a number of funded PhD bursaries that underpin our commitment to our research base and the impact our research makes. 

Candidates applying for this opportunity may be eligible to compete for one of a small number of bursaries available; these cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for three years and a stipend in line with the UKRI rate (£15,009 for 2019/2020). Bursary recipients may be eligible for £1,500 p.a. for project costs/consumables. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You'll need a first class honours degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree with Merit in a relevant subject area. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or Qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

How to apply

We’d encourage you to discuss your own research idea and find out more about our research areas of expertise by contacting the lead of the research centres listed above or the Departmental Research Degrees Coordinator Dr Muhammad Ali. A university supervisor needs to support any bursary application so it is important you make informal contact before you apply to discuss the suitability of your proposal.

When you are ready to apply, you can use our online application form. Make sure you submit a short research proposal, a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process.

Your research proposal (up to 1500 words) should provide the background to the proposed research, and an outline of your proposed methodology. The proposed research should relate to one of the above research areas. It is essential to contact potential supervisors for your research before submitting your application so that you can explore and develop your research ideas with them.

Please note: If you want to be considered for this funded PhD opportunity you must quote project code SCES4640220 when applying.


Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to the research leads mentioned above.

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