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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Bay Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

COURSE OVERVIEW

Swansea University has been at the forefront of international research in the area of civil and computational engineering.

Internationally renowned engineers at Swansea pioneered the development of numerical techniques, such as the finite element method, and associated computational procedures that have enabled the solution of many complex engineering problems.

The Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering has excellent computing facilities, including a state-of-the-art multi-processor super computer with virtual reality facilities and high-speed networking.

Recent PhD theses supervised in the area of Civil Engineering:

  • Finite Element Simulation of Damage Assessment of Concrete Bridges subject to Seismic Loading
  • Numerical Modelling and Optimisation of new RHS Column-to-I Beam Connections
  • Cohesive Discrete Element Modelling and Industrial Applications
  • Characterisation of Porous Media using the Lattice Boltzmann Method
  • Compressible computational fluid dynamics for fluid structure interaction simulation

Programme Summary

This PhD in Civil Engineering at Swansea will enable you to undertake a substantial project led by your own interests. It is a highly respected qualification which can present a career in academia or a wider scope for employment in fields such as education, government or the private sector. A thesis of 100,000 words will be submitted for assessment demonstrating original research with a substantive contribution to the subject area. The PhD is examined following an oral examination of the thesis (a viva voce examination or viva voce). You will acquire research skills for high-level work and skills and training programmes are available on campus for further support. There will be an opportunity to deliver presentations to research students and staff at departmental seminars and conferences. There may also be opportunities to develop your teaching skills through undergraduate tutorials, demonstrations and seminars.

Programme Aims

This PhD programme will provide doctoral researchers with:

  1. The opportunity to conduct high quality postgraduate research in a world leading research environment.
  2. Key skills needed to undertake advanced academic and non-academic research including qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  3. Advanced critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and independent judgement.

Tuition fees

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£ 20,150per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Swansea University

  • University League Table

    32nd

  • Campus address

    Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales

Swansea University has an international reach with staff, students, partnerships and research links stretching across the globe.
Swansea University campuses are vibrant and diverse with staff and students from over 130 different countries making up the friendly community.
By studying at Swansea University, students become part of a world-class research institution with grand ambitions.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    15th out of 57 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 241
    133 60%

    34th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    96 96%

    5th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%

    29th

    6

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