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Infrastructure & the Environment (MScR)

Course Description

Research profile

The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment is among the leading centres of civil and environmental engineering research in the UK. The Institute seeks new technologies to solve real-world problems in order to promote sustainability.

Key research areas include:

behaviour and design of structures in fire and other extreme events
fire science and fire safety engineering
shells and containment structures
nonlinear finite element modelling of complex structures and structural collapses
mechanics and transport of granular materials and multiphase media
computational mechanics and bio-mechanics
fibre-reinforced polymer composites in structural strengthening and repair
high-speed rail
intelligent infrastructure and non-destructive evaluation
sustainable water and wastewater treatment technologies
water supply
waste management and resource recovery

Training and support

Students are strongly encouraged and trained to present their research at conferences and in journal papers during the course of their PhD.

Students are also encouraged to attend transferable skills courses provided by the University and to participate in external courses provided by organisations such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

PhD candidates pursue their research projects under continuous guidance, resulting in a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge. You will be linked to two academic supervisors, and one industrial supervisor if the project is industrially sponsored.


The Institute has excellent laboratory and computing facilities, including the latest instruments for experimental and computational research in structures, granular solids, fire safety engineering, non-destructive testing and environmental engineering.

Research opportunities

We offer a comprehensive range of exciting research opportunities through a choice of postgraduate research degrees: MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD.

Masters by Research

An MSc by Research is based on a research project tailored to a candidate’s interests. It lasts one year full time or two years part time. The project can be a shorter alternative to an MPhil or PhD, or a precursor to either – including the option of an MSc project expanding into MPhil or doctorate work as it evolves. It can also be a mechanism for industry to collaborate with the School.

Visit the Infrastructure & the Environment (MScR) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To study at postgraduate level you should have a first degree in an appropriate subject or relevant qualifications and experience. Confirm with the School to find out whether there are specific entry requirements for this programme.

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