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Loughborough University: Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Institution Loughborough University
Department Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
Study type Research


One of four Royal Academy of Engineering designated Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is home to a thriving community of over 60 academic staff, 40 technical and clerical support staff and over 240 active researchers that include Fellows, Associates, Assistants, Engineers and Doctoral Students.

Research is one of the founding blocks of our mission to advance knowledge and transform lives.

Committed to excellence and impact, we provide an environment where our academics and postgraduate researchers can excel, develop knowledge and understanding to build the societies of the future.

We are a world leading centre for transdisciplinary research in civil infrastructure engineering, transport and water and waste management and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in building energy demand. Many of our research outputs are created for, and in partnership with, industrial collaborators to ensure demonstrable impacts on policy and practice worldwide.

Our world-class teaching and research are integrated to support the technical and commercial needs of both industry and society. A key part of our ethos is our extensive links with industry resulting in our graduates being extremely sought after by industry and commerce worldwide.

Our PhD students play a vital role in our world-leading research activities. Drawing from our excellent record in attracting research funds (currently standing at over £19 million), the focal point of the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is innovative, industry-relevant research. This continues to nurture and refresh our long history of working closely with industrial partners on novel collaborative research and informs our ongoing innovative teaching and extensive enterprise activities. This is further complemented by our outstanding record of doctoral supervision which has provided, on average, a PhD graduate from the School every two weeks.

Our doctoral researchers are based in the Research Hub, a vibrant hot desking facility that encourages collaborative research. An active 'Hub Committee' organises training and social events for all research students. You will also benefit from access to our excellent facilities, including our 3,000m2 laboratory facilities, and High Performance computing facility. All doctoral researchers are provided with two supervisors with expertise in the selected research area and a Director of Doctoral Programmes to provide additional guidance and pastoral support. You will also be provided with a laptop, access to our laboratory facilities, technician support, access to funds for travel and conference attendance. You will attend training courses to support your research and professional and personal development, with opportunities to support undergraduate teaching through employment as tutorial/ laboratory assistants.

Our areas of research include: - architecture

  • building energy demand

  • construction technology and organisation

  • civil infrastructure engineering

  • transport

  • water engineering and development

Start dates are available in October, January, April and July each year.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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