Fully funded three-year PhD studentships in Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


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 Sunday, February 20, 2022
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF 2014) In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. Find out more.

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering aims to be the world’s leading integrated centre for built environment research, education, and learning, and is committed to investing in the next generation of exceptional researchers.

In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework, our School was ranked first for our research environment, with 95% of our research rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” for its influence on society, the economy, and policy.

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering boasts world-class facilities, with a dedicated Research Hub for all researchers to work in, a 3,000m2 research laboratory, and one of the fastest High-Performance Computing clusters in the UK. Our award-winning doctoral researcher-led Research Hub Committee works within the School to ensure researchers have everything they need to conduct and deliver world-leading research.

A key part of our ethos is our extensive links with world-leading universities, industry, governments, and NGOs, making our graduates highly sought after in academia, industry, and commerce worldwide.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds. The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is dedicated to supporting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive research environment – to create a better world, together. The diverse backgrounds, characteristics and opinions within our research community are our great strength and are key to our pursuit of research and educational excellence. In the past ten years, we have averaged a successful PhD completion every two weeks, with doctoral graduates coming from 48 different countries.


The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University is committed to providing a unique doctoral experience for all our researchers, and welcomes applications in the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Building Energy
  • Construction Management
  • Geotechnics and Geomatics
  • Structures and Materials
  • Transport and Urban Planning
  • Water Engineering

Academics in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering also have advertised projects that they would like to supervise, and suitable applicants for these projects can be considered for a School studentship.


Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have or expect to achieve a 2:1 or first-class honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant discipline. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.


All applications should be made online and must include a research proposal. Under programme name, please select 'Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering' or 'Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering (Built Environment)'. Please quote reference number: ABCE22.

Funding Notes

Each three-year studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 a year (2021/22 rate) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the home rate. International applicants may apply, but the total value of the studentship will cover the international tuition fee only.
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