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Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Postgraduate research opportunities in Civil Engineering

Excellent research opportunities await in the Dept. of the Civil Engineering, enabling you to work at the forefront of developments with leading experts.

- Study full or part-time over one to seven years

- Complete your research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a Faculty known for its internationally-acclaimed research

- Explore scholarship opportunities

- Benefit from expert supervision and researcher training

- Enjoy excellent facilities and great employment connections

The programme route you undertake will depend on your qualifications and experience. Most of our students initially register for MPhil/PhD and go on to complete their PhD via successful progression from MPhil.

You can study for an MPhil full time over one or two years or part time over two to four years. Progressing from an MPhil (and including MPhil registration), you can study for a PhD full time over 33 to 48 months or part time over 45 to 84 months. If you are taking a direct route PhD, you can study full time over two to three years or part time over three to six years.

Entry requirements

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD: You will need:

a minimum 2.1 Masters degree with a research dissertation in a relevant subject


research training relating to your chosen subject area for a PhD direct

Additional information:

IELTS 6.5 minimum 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements:

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team ( for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages:

Course modules

Department of Civil Engineering
Explore the possibilities

The Department of Civil Engineering's Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute works collaboratively with leading international universities and research centres across the EU, the Middle East, the Far East, US, Norway and New Zealand. It is also supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust, Technology Strategy Board and has secured funding to develop a range of innovative projects from industrial partners such as United Utilities, Ministry of Defence, NHS, Tarmac and Taylor Woodrow.

The institute is involved with various high-profile conferences and events, including the Annual International Conference on Asphalt, Pavement Engineering and Infrastructure, the International Conference on Sensing Technology and the Annual BEAN (Built Environment and Natural Environment) Research Student Conference.

Our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute focuses heavily on applied research, closely linked to industry requirements but also includes significant areas of theoretical 'blue-skies' work aimed at addressing longer-term global needs. We are securing increasing research income and have a long-standing history of national and international collaborations with other academic institutions and industry partners.

In recent years BEST has secured more than £7 million of research funding, published close to 600 research papers, books and industry reports and enabled 40 research students to complete their PhDs.

Our academic team consists of industry professionals working alongside nationally and internationally acclaimed research active academics, who collectively deliver a broad-based and professionally relevant learning experience.

Expert supervision is offered in the following areas:

Sustainable technologies
Water and wastewater treatment technologies
Catastrophic failure of tanks
The use of sensors in the water industry
Renewable energies and recycling
The use of innovative techniques and materials for pavement design

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Final examination for both the MPhil and the PhD is by thesis and oral examination.

The MPhil differs from the PhD in terms of the depth of study required and the extent of your personal contribution to knowledge. It requires competence in conducting an independent enquiry as well as in the use of appropriate research methods and techniques. Examiners will expect you to display satisfactory background knowledge of the subject.

To gain a PhD you are expected to show mastery of a special field and to have made an original personal contribution to the understanding of a problem, the advancement of knowledge, or the generation of new ideas. Examiners will expect you to be at the forefront of understanding in your chosen topic.

If you are studying for an MPhil you may be able to progress to a PhD, via written and oral assessments in Year 2 (for full-time students) or Year 3 (for part-time students).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time June 2019 14,450 (Year 1) International 48 Months
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time June 2019 4,525 (Year 1) Home/EU 48 Months
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time June 2019 14,450 (Year 1) International 84 Months
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time June 2019 4,525 (Year 1) Home/EU 84 Months
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time September 2019 2 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 84 Months
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 48 Months
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Part-time September 2019 4 Years

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