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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

Join the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CDT-SIS) for a 4-year Integrated PhD (iPhD).

Join the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CDT-SIS) for a 4-year Integrated PhD (iPhD).

Fully Funded PhD positions for 2018 entry available now.

The world leading Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CDT-SIS) at the University of Southampton aims to produce the next generation of engineers and scientists with the interdisciplinary skills needed to develop the UK's infrastructure that is essential for economic growth, security, societal wellbeing and environmental sustainability. The CDT is jointly funded by EPSRC, the University of Southampton and partners from industry, and focuses on 3 key sectors:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Transport
  • Infrastructure

Particular attention is directed at the interactions between the sectors and the concepts of sustainability and resilience. The Centre forms part of a programme of initiatives to further develop the University of Southampton’s outstanding research expertise and experimental facilities in engineering and the environment, linked to the construction of a new National Infrastructure Laboratory at the University’s Boldrewood Engineering Campus.

Around 10 fully funded studentships are available for 2018/19. You will join a dynamic cohort of high calibre students representing the 3 key sectors identified, and work as part of a team with world leading academics and industrial partners.

Fully Funded PhD positions for 2016 entry available now

Structure of the degree programme:

The programme is based on a 1+3 year integrated model with the first year comprising a formal taught component encompassing transferable, interdisciplinary and management skills as well as technical aspects. The first year taught programme will be flexible and based on your background, experience, and needs. In the following 3 years you will conduct your research project supervised by a strong academic team in collaboration with industry. Projects cover a wide range of topics in the interdisciplinary and globally important area of Sustainable Infrastructure Systems.

International placements:

A unique selling point of the CDT-SIS is the opportunity to engage with international partners on overseas training placements. This is in recognition of the global nature of the infrastructure challenge in both developed nations (where refurbishment may be the priority) and developing nations (where the focus may be on new build). This will allow you to work closely with international collaborators to gain insight into similarities and differences in the infrastructure challenges faced in different regions, and the processes by which solutions are developed. During the international training placements you will join a network of experts in your selected field and gain access to world class facilities outside of the UK.


All projects are supported by both the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and an industrial or other sponsor. This provides for full UK fees for the 4 years and enhanced tax-free stipends (typically around £15,000 per year), along with support for project related costs. Additional funding of up to £8,000 will be available to each student as a contribution to the costs of an international placement.


You will benefit from the intellectual challenge of PhD level research as part of a cohort of high calibre dynamic students based within a community of world leading academics and industrial partners addressing exciting challenges associated with the delivery of sustainable infrastructure critical to the UK.

Other benefits include:

  • participation in an international network of infrastructure engineers and scientists through training placements.
  • working in close collaboration with industry and potential future employers
  • access to cutting-edge research facilities at the University of Southampton (the new National Infrastructure Laboratory and Boldrewood Engineering campus) and overseas.
  • linkage with world-class research groups within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at a UK leading Engineering University.
  • developing advanced interdisciplinary transferable and technical skills that enhance long-term employability, including access to management modules that could count towards an MBA after your integrated PhD (iPhD) is successfully completed.
  • contributing to public engagement and the promotion of engineering at the University of Southampton at local, national and international events.
Fully Funded PhD positions for 2016 entry available now


Applicants for the iPhD in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems must have, or expect to gain, a good first degree in engineering, or appropriate science discipline. The scheme offers full funding to UK nationals. If you wish to apply for the iPhD, please indicate this on your application form and ensure a personal statement, full degree transcripts and two references are included on applying.

Enquiries from potential students and industrial sponsors are always welcomed.

Relevant subject areas:

  • Acoustics
  • Civil & Structural Engineering
  • Energy
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Town & Country Planning
  • Economics
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Ecology & Conservation
  • Environmental Science

To view available projects please click on the links below:

Water Projects

CDT-SIS-423: Multi-time-scale modelling framework for long-term prediction of coastal environments.Details
CDT-SIS-489: Enhancing experimental fluid dynamics by use of advanced optical metrologyDetails
CDT-SIS-510: Modelling flood inundation at large scale and high-resolutionDetails
CDT-SIS-511: Gauging river flows sustainablyDetails

Transportation Projects

CDT-SIS-430: Training implications for drivers of automated vehicles.Details
CDT-SIS-496: Developing green and efficient final mile logistics strategiesDetails

Energy Projects

CDT-SIS-512: New ultrasonic technology to enable algal biofuelsDetails
CDT-SIS-513: Lubrication of Hydrogen Fuel Cell VehiclesDetails

Infrastructure Projects

CDT-SIS-307: 3D mapping of geometrically complex seafloor infrastructures using marine vehiclesDetails
CDT-SIS-436: ‘Zero Leakage 2050’: Leak noise characterisation for buried pipelinesDetails
CDT-SIS-492: Investigating the long-term response of geogrid-reinforced ballast under realistic loading conditionsDetails
CDT-SIS-493: Investigating the geomechanics of railway ballast reinforced with micro-geogridsDetails
CDT-SIS-523: Integrated geotechnical and structural design of subsea structuresDetails

For more details, and how to apply visit the Engineering & the Environment web pages

Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

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