Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

University of Bath parade

Research degrees

Xian Gai

Overall it has been an amazing experience for me to study and research at Bath.

— Xian Gai, PhD Civil Engineering

Our Department undertakes advanced research and offers supervision for graduate students wishing to study for a PhD or an MPhil in Architecture and Civil Engineering.

We are also home to our Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Decarbonisation of the Built Environment. The Centre offers students the chance to study on an innovative three-year doctoral programme that focuses on low-carbon technologies. We offer ten fully-funded PhD places in the Centre each year.

Types of research degree

We offer three types of research degree:

  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) - typically takes three years full-time or five years part-time
  • MPhil (Master of Philosophy) - typically takes two years full-time or four years part-time
  • Practice-led PhD - typically takes four years part time.

Why choose us?

Reputation - Our gold-standard research is conducted in a dynamic and supportive department, located appropriately in a World Heritage city that is famous for the superb quality of its built environment.

Our research was ranked joint first in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit of assessment. Overall, 90% of our research activity was graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Collaboration - Our department is unique in the UK in combining both Architecture and Civil Engineering, to the benefit of both. Our international reputation is complemented by strong relationships with industry and the professions, with excellent job prospects for our graduates as for our undergraduates.

Inspiration - Research students work in a stimulating daily work environment, picking up on the buzz of studio teaching and laboratory activities that energise other areas of the building.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries.

All this makes the Department an ideal place to pursue a research degree, whether you aim to go on to career in academia or industry.  View our recent graduates career destinations.

How to apply

Read our guide to the application process or contact the head of the research centre that deals with your area of study.

Practice-led PhD

As part of our Collaborative Research in Engineering, Architecture, Technology and the Environment (CREATE) initiative, we offer a practice-led PhD aimed at mid-career professionals.  We want to hear from industry partners interested in developing their staff with us. For more information, download our brochure [pdf]. Please note: candidates applying for our Practice-led PhD should apply for a part-time PhD.

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