Faculty of Engineering & Design


Full-time PhD 2-4 years
Part-time PhD 3-6 years
Full-time MPhil 1-3 years
Part-time MPhil 2-4 years.

Application deadline: You can apply at any time, but International applications must be made at least five months before your intended start date and Home/EU at least three months before your intended start date.

Entry requirements:
First or good second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.

Language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components)

MPhil and PhD - Architecture & Civil Engineering

We offer research programmes in a variety of areas including:

Our philosophy

As a joint Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering we engage in research and develop graduate courses where integration between the disciplines is likely to be most valuable.

Research is also carried out in collaboration with other departments in the University, particularly Mechanical Engineering, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Management, and Computer Science.

The dissemination of research findings is seen as a vital component of the research process and graduate students are encouraged to prepare papers for publication as part of their research training. We encourage a wide range of interests. Academic staff are always open to ideas which extend existing work or introduce new topics to their existing subject areas.

Our applicants

The MPhil and PhD programmes are an integral part of the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. Successful applicants are welcomed as junior academic colleagues rather than students, and are expected to play a full and professional role in contributing to the Department’s objective of international academic excellence.

We seek applications from outstanding individuals from anywhere in the world who are strongly committed to and potentially capable of high-quality academic research in any of the disciplinary areas covered by our Research Centres.

Further details

The MPhil and PhD programmes combine taught research training and applied research practice. Candidates join the Department as a member of the Research Centre in which they initially have a broad research interest and that will have overseen their acceptance into the Department.

Most research students who ‘do a PhD’ register in the first instance as probationer for the programme of PhD. Confirmation of PhD registration is subject to your passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and an oral examination.


Candidates are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis.

Viva exam

The final stage of the PhD programme is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.

  • First or good second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.

The minimum non-graduate qualifications* acceptable for admission to the University of Bath are passes at a satisfactory level in either of the following examinations:

  • Institution of Chemical Engineers Part III or
  • Membership of recognised professional institutions of at least graduate status or a relevant professional qualification acceptable to the Board of Studies
  • Extended and responsible experience at an appropriate standard in a relevant field acceptable to the Board of Studies.

* Except where otherwise stated, these conditions refer to candidates for the Degree of Master's only.