Civil Engineering

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Run by Faculty of Engineering
Awards available PhD , MSc by research
Programme length MSc: One year full-time; two years part-time
PhD: Three years full-time; six years part-time
Both programmes (part-time and full-time) then have one further year to write up.
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date Not fixed

Programme overview

Our multidisciplinary research addresses the global need for delivering long-term, sustainable performance of existing and new infrastructure systems. We are leaders in modelling and managing the impacts of extreme natural and human hazards, such as earthquakes, climate change, flooding, industrial processes, traffic and crowds.

Our application studies range from complete national and regional systems (such as national hydrological models, water systems, electricity and transport networks) through individual artefacts (such as nuclear facilities, dams, long-span bridges and buildings), down to local scale buckling models of reinforcing bars in concrete.

Much of the research includes monitoring of prototypes or modelling at large scale, for example the dynamics of cable-stayed bridges such as the Second Severn Crossing, analysis of deep excavations, and flood prediction based on real-time radar detection of rainfall.

We collaborate widely with academic and industrial partners from across the engineering, science and social science disciplines, and from around the world.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees

UK/EU
£4,185
Overseas
£19,700

Part-time fees

UK/EU
£2,093

Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

A number of funded studentships are available each year, supported by research council, industrial, University or other funds. Check the faculty website for a list of currently available funded projects or check www.jobs.ac.uk. Self-funded or sponsored students are also very welcome to apply.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

MSc and/or upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering

This area encompasses structural engineering, advanced composite materials and geomechanics. Based around BLADE (the £20 million Bristol Laboratories for Advanced Dynamics Engineering) and the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, the group focuses on the non-linear performance and reliability of civil engineering infrastructure, with an emphasis on dynamic loading. It develops techniques for theoretical and numerical analysis, physical testing of infrastructure in the field and laboratory structural and geotechnical material behaviour characterisation and modelling, structural vulnerability and overall non-linear dynamic performance assessment. This group is the largest in the UK with an interest in earthquake engineering.

The Earthquake Engineering Research Centre hosts one of Europe's leading academic experimental research facilities in earthquake engineering and structural dynamics. The centre has made notable advances in several areas, including the mechanisms of wind and pedestrian-induced vibrations, the non-linear dynamics of masonry and other buildings (including strengthening and using advanced composites), and the seismic response of bridges and large dams. Research in advanced composites links with the faculty's Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science and focuses on large-scale testing and advanced theoretical analysis of hybrid structures, comprising any combination of conventional construction materials and novel materials (such as limecrete and fibre-reinforced polymers) which have significant sustainability benefits for use in buildings and bridges.

The group has an active interest in solving geotechnical problems using a multi-scale approach, combining laboratory testing, constitutive modelling, physical modelling, field observation and numerical simulation. Recent research focuses on measurements of deformation properties of soils using novel techniques of laboratory geophysics at very small strains for stiffness, dynamic soil-structure interaction with an emphasis on piles and retaining walls, and foundations of offshore wind turbines. The group also has a strong interest in the characterisation of treated geomaterials: mixtures of soil with various inclusions like fibres, cement, fly ash and soft tyre chips. The Soil Mechanics Laboratory possesses a series of triaxial and a unique set of multiaxial soil test apparatus: true triaxial apparatus (independent variation of three principal stresses, rigid boundaries), cubical cell (independent variation of three principal stresses, flexible boundaries) and hollow cylindrical torsional apparatus (independent control of four stress variables).

Water and Environment

The Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group is concerned with characterising and simulating the water environment in a changing world. We advance the sustainable use of water resources, provide design variables for infrastructure and enhance the security of society regarding floods and other environmental hazards. Focus areas include: hydrology, water and health, climate change impacts, water quality, risk from natural hazards, and new observational methods. Water and environmental security is crucial for the sustainable and safe existence of both people and nature. Ensuring water security requires protection from floods and water scarcity, and the sufficient supply of fresh water of appropriate quality to ensure environmental and human health. The future of our society is less likely to be threatened by armed conflict than by population growth, climate change, water shortages and pollution, as well as poverty and rising food prices. The water and environment research group focuses on developing the theory and tools needed to address the complex issue of water security in a changing world. The group consists of an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists who combine process understanding, mathematical modelling, novel monitoring approaches and engineering principles to solve societal water problems.

Systems and Safety

The infrastructure systems research group develops novel, holistic approaches for characterising and managing the safe and sustainable performance of complex socio-technical systems. Key areas of work include sustainable systems, problem structuring methods, the vulnerability and resilience of infrastructures, infrastructure interdependencies, smart cities and communities, and safety and vulnerability of embedded software systems. Within the infrastructure systems research group, the Safety Systems Research Centre performs novel research into the safe and resilient performance of complex systems, including computational and organisational factors. The centre is also part of the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre, and Bristol’s strategic relationship with EDF.

Careers

Civil engineering PhD graduates are found in a variety of careers, including world-leading research. Many also work as consultants or as part of large-scale engineering industries.

Staff profiles

Civil Engineering

Dr Jitendra Agarwal BTech, MTech, PhD, (Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering), Civil engineering systems; networked infrastructure; non-linear dynamics; structural safety.

Dr Nick Alexander BSc(Eng) Lond, PhD(UCLond), CMath MIMA, CSci, (Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering), Structural engineering.

Dr Adam Crewe BEng PhD CEng MICE MIStructE,, (Reader in Earthquake Engineering), Bridges; earthquake engineering; seismic testing; soil dynamics; steel and concrete design.

Dr Flavia De Luca MSc in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering (Italy), PhD in Seismic Risk (Italy), (Lecturer in Civil Engineering), modelling and damage analysis of reinforced concrete structures; Performance Based Earthquake Engineering; structural reliability; Structures and Earthquakes

Dr Andrea Diambra BSc, MSc(Marche), PhD(Bristol), (Lecturer), advanced soil laboratory testing; Computational geotechnics; ground improvements; offshore geotechnics; soil-structure interaction.

Dr Katsu Goda BSc, MSc(Kyoto), PhD(WOnt), (Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering), Earthquake engineering and structures.

Professor Dawei Han BEng, MSc(Huabei), PhD(Salf), CEng, FCIWEM, (Professor of Hydroinformatics), big data; Flood risk management; hydrology; natural hazards; remote sensing; water resources.

Professor Sally Heslop BSc(Lond), PhD(Lanc), (Professor of Sustainable Systems Academic Director of Graduate Studies), Engineering education; environmental systems; sustainability.

Dr Liz Holcombe MSci, PhD(Bristol), (Lecturer), Slope stability.

Dr Nicholas Howden MEng(Dunelm), DIC PhD(Lond), FGS, FRGS, (Senior Lecturer in Water), Hydrogeology; hydrology.

Dr Erdin Ibraim PhD (INSA/ENTPE Lyon), (Reader in Geomechanics), Advanced soil laboratory testing; granular materials; soil mechanics; soil reinforcement; soil-structure interaction.

Dr Anders Johansson MSc(Chalmers), PhD(TUDresden), (Senior Lecturer in Systems Engineering), Systems; transportation.

Dr John Macdonald MA(Cantab), PhD(Bristol), (Reader in Structural Dynamics), Bridges; human-structure interaction; structural dynamics; wind engineering.

Dr John May BSc Engineering Mathematics, PhD, (Reader in Safety Systems), Organisational safety; reliability of digital systems; safety systems.

Professor George Mylonakis DIPL(Greece), PhD(New York), (Chair in Geotechnics and Soil-Structure interaction), Analytical and computational geomechanics; earthquake engineering; static and dynamic soil-structure interaction.

Dr James Norman MEng(Nots) PhD(Bristol) CENG MICE FHEA, (Senior Teaching Fellow in Civil Engineering), Structural Engineering and Sustainable Construction.

Dr Francesca Pianosi BSc, MSc (Milan), PhD (Milan), (Lecturer in Water and Environmental Engineering), Modelling and optimisation; uncertainty and sensitivity analysis; water resources management.

Dr Miguel Rico-Ramirez BEng (Mexico), MEng (Mexico), PhD(Bristol), (Senior Lecturer in Radar Hydrology and Hydroinformatics), Flood risk management; hydroinformatics; radar hydrology; remote sensing; water resources.

Dr Rafael Rosolem BSc(SPaulo), MSc(SPaulo), PhD(Arizona), (Lecturer in Hydrometeorology), land surface modelling and field observations; Soil-vegetation-atmosphere processes

Dr Wendel Sebastian MA, PhD(Cantab), (Reader in Structural Engineering), Advanced composites; bridge repair; nonlinear behaviour of structures.

Dr Anastasios Sextos MSc-DIC, PhD CEng MASCE, (Senior Lecturer in Earthquake Engineering), bridge engineering; Earthquake engineering; risk assessment.; structural dynamics

Dr Theo Tryfonas BSc(Crete), MSc(Athens), PhD(Athens), MBCS CITP, CISA, (Senior Lecturer in Systems Engineering), Digital forensics; security penetration testing; systems engineering.

Dr Paul Vardanega BE(Hons), MEngSc (QldUT), PhD (Cantab), MIEAust, MASCE, (Lecturer in Civil Engineering), Geotechnical engineering.

Professor Thorsten Wagener BSc(Siegen), MSc(Delft), PhD(Imperial)
, (Professor of Water and Environmental Management), Analysis of hydrologic systems; climate change; risk and natural hazards.

Dr Mohammed Wanous BSc, PhD(Liv), (Senior Lecturer in Engineering Management), Engineering education; engineering management.

Dr Ross Woods BSc(Cant), MComm(Cant), PhD(WAust), (Senior Lecturer in Water and Environmental Engineering), Catchment hydrology.

How to apply
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REF 2014 results

  • 38% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 55% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 6% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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