Civil Engineering Studentships

Civil Engineering PhD Studentships 2019-20 

Available Funded PhD Opportunities

EPSRC DTP studentship (Posted 16.10.18)

Basalt FRCM composites characterization under static and dynamic loading

FRCM is a family of fibre reinforced composite materials using cementitious mortar as the composite matrix. Compared to fibre reinforced polymers (FRP), FRCM have enhanced material compatibility with concrete and masonry and low sensitivity to fires. FRCM composites have thus great potential for strengthening of existing structures and particularly for structures having artistic and historic significance.

This project will explore the performance of basalt composites under static and medium range dynamic loads and in different environmental conditions. It may consider application to masonry and concrete structural elements and will entail experimental testing and non-linear numerical modelling.

Principal supervisor Dr. Giuseppina Amato (

Deadline 30st June 2019

Starting date September 2019

How to Apply

Complete an application form via the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal. Details regarding eligibility criteria (including academic and residency criteria) are available at:


US-Ireland Studentship (Posted 08.10.18)

UrbanARK: Assessment, Risk Management, & Knowledge for Coastal Flood Risk Management in Urban Areas

The School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast currently offers a fully funded PhD position (3 years with the possibility of a 1 year post-doctoral extension) as part of the UrbanARK project.

The UrbanARK project is an international multi-disciplinary collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), University College Dublin (UCD) and New York University (NYU) funded under the US - Ireland Research & Development Programme.  The multinational project brings together leading researchers across the areas of geomatics, spatial data analysis, hydrology, computer science and risk communication to investigate innovative approaches for the collection and management of spatial data to refine flood risk assessments for urban coastal cities and to support immersive risk communication tools. 

The researcher will be based with the Centre for GIS and Geomatics and the Environmental Change & Resilience Research Group at QUB under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer McKinley and Dr. Ulrich Ofterdinger.  The researcher will focus on the acquisition and analysis of mobile LiDAR Scanning and other Remote Sensing data in the urban environment and support the integration of these data into numerical flood risk models and risk communication tools.  Research activities will include field-based activities in Belfast, Dublin and New York and data analysis in collaboration with collaborating research groups at UCD and NYU. 

Qualifications sought:

BSc/BEng 2(i) or higher and/or or an MSc/MEng; Geomatics, Geography, Geoscience, Environmental or Civil Engineering or related subject; must be numerate & familiar with IT; experience of Geographical Information Science (GIS) and digital data acquisition and analysis is advantageous

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Jennifer McKinley ( or Dr. Ulrich Ofterdinger ( for further details.


Bryden Centre Studentships:

Project title: Modelling the dynamic response of floating solar PV arrays to develop the basis of sustainable design

For further details contact: Prof. Trevor Whittaker (

Project title: Assessing the influence of inflow characteristics on tidal turbines

For further details contact: Prof. Trevor Whittaker (

Project title: Remote image analysis for resource assessment of tidal energy sites

For further details contact: Prof. Gerry Hamill (


How to Apply

To apply for any of the opportunities outlined above, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal.

The School warmly welcomes all enquiries regarding PhD research in Civil Engineering. PhD proposals can be developed in consultation with a potential supervisor based in the School; potential supervisors in Civil Engineering are listed below.

Further inquiries about funding opportunities should be directed to theSchool Postgraduate Admissions Officer.

Potential Supervisors in Civil Engineering

Dr Giuseppina Amato

Ms Tara Brooks

Prof. Jian Fei Chen

Mr Ron Coates

Dr Siobhan Cox

Dr Rory Doherty

Dr Trevor Elliot

Dr Ray Flynn

Prof. Gerry Hamill

Dr David Hester

Dr David Hughes

Dr Karimirad Madjid

Prof. Adrian Long

Dr Pauline MacKinnon

Dr Patrick McGetrick

Dr John McKinley

Dr Danny McPolin

Dr Xianhai Meng

Dr Sreejith Nanukuttan

Dr Kieran O'Driscoll

Dr Ulrich Ofterdinger

Dr Deborah Phillips

Dr Desmond Robinson

Prof. Wei Sha

Dr Vinayagamoothy Sivakumar

Dr Mohammed Sonebi

Prof. Marios Soutsos

Prof. Su Taylor

Prof. Trevor Whittaker