Newcastle University: Civil Engineering (Water Resources)

InstitutionNewcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Engineering (Civil)
Study type Research


We have a broad range of civil engineering water resource research. Our expertise ranges from climate modelling to developing practical responses to global change challenges. Our research has global consequences and our academics are leaders in their field.

Our School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences has a successful research group that focuses on water resources. Our mission is to foster, promote and conduct research of international quality. This means that we attract high quality graduates and researchers and train them to international standards.

Our research themes include:
•catchment hydrology and sustainable management
•flood risk and coastal management
•climate change impacts and adaptation.

We supervise MPhil and PhD students in the following areas:
•flow and transport processes in surface and subsurface systems. This includes river mechanics and contaminant and sediment transport
•planning and control of hydraulic networks
•sustainable management of the water environment, including urban, rural agricultural and forestry environments
•climate change impact assessment, including flood risk
•environmental hazard assessment and mitigation, including landslide hazard
•integrated surface and groundwater pollution controls
•integrated assessment of coupled natural, technological and human systems.

Our research has access to facilities and centres within the Newcastle Institute for Sustainability:
•Water Resource Systems Research Laboratory
•Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research (CESER)
•Centre for Land Use and Water Resources Research (CLUWRR).


We offer the MPhil and PhD on a full time and part time basis. You will have formal training in research skills and methods. Discipline-specific training is available if you need it. You may be able to undertake paid laboratory demonstrating to gain teaching experience.

You will study with eminent academics who are experts in their field, such as:
•Dr James Bathurst - erosion and sediment transport, catchment modelling and impact assessment
•Professor Chris Kilsby - hydrology and climate change
•Professor Enda O’Connell - water resources engineering
•Dr Geoff Parkin - water resource engineering, groundwater studies and catchment modelling
•Dr Paul Quinn - water resources engineering and rural land management
•Dr Richard Dawson - coastal engineering and flood risk analysis

View our transport academic staff and current research projects on the programme information in our online Prospectus.

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Newcastle University

Our University

Newcastle University is ranked one of the best in the UK for teaching and learning. We are also a world-leader in academic excellence and original research.

  • Top 200 for Graduate Employability (out of 600 analysed universities) in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings® 2018
  • First class rating and ranked 20th in the UK for Sustainability (People & Planet's University League 2017)
  • Top 20 'most targeted' university by the UK's leading employers for the last six years (The Graduate Market, report from High Fliers Research 2012-2018 – a report into the universities most targeted for graduate employees ...

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