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Civil Engineering

Graduate Study

Are you interested in graduate study in Civil Engineering? We offer research degrees in a variety of topics in Civil Engineering, for example:

  • Dynamics of civil engineering structures
  • Deployable structures
  • Offshore foundations and sea-bed soil mechanics
  • Marine renewable energy (wind, wave and tidal)
  • Offshore hydrodynamics
  • Coastal engineering
  • Poromechanics
  • Groundwater flows
  • Tunnelling and settlement damage
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Theoretical modelling of soils
  • In situ testing
  • Biomedical applications

More information on these areas is given on our research pages. We offer the possibility of studying for an MSc by research, but most students prefer to study for a doctorate (at Oxford called a DPhil, but exactly the same as a PhD elsewhere). We are partnering with the University of Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh to deliver the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (WAMESS CDT), which will admit five cohorts of students from 2019 to 2023 inclusive. The WAMESS CDT offers a university-based DPhil as well as an industry-based DEng.

The application process is described on the Oxford University web site (follow the link labelled ADMISSIONS/Graduate). Within that site some useful pages are:

You canĀ apply online through the University Web site.

The Engineering Science web site also offers detailed information about the application process:

General enquiries about research in Civil Engineering should be addressed to Prof Harvey Burd.

If you wish to do research in Civil Engineering and are eligible for an EPSRC studentship (usually UK or EU nationals) or have already obtained a scholarship (or other support) please contact Prof Harvey Burd or any other member of staff.

We receive a large number of requests (especially from students studying in India) for Summer Internships. We are unable to offer any Internships, so please do not email us with any requests.

If you do not yet have funding you can find details of some scholarships in the Oxford University Graduate Prospectus (see also direct link to the search tool). Please do not write to us requesting a "scholarship", as unfortunately we will be unable to help. The University administers a scheme whereby a very limited number of bursaries are available to support research students. There is very strong competition for these bursaries and you will need an excellent academic record to have a chance of success.