Engineering Computation PhD/MPhil: University of Briminghum

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Engineering Computation PhD/MPhil: University of Briminghum, Civil Engineering, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Civil Engineering
Course Beginning 
Research degrees can start at any time by agreement with the supervisor
PhD – 3 years full-time, MPhil – 1– 2 years
Scholarship and Grants

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This research theme has been established to bring together and create a common focus for those members of staff with an expertise or interest in computational work. The theme is broad, embracing all major aspects of the computational interests of their staff, whether these lie within civil engineering, in engineering more generally (with aspects of, for instance, aeronautical, mechanical, marine, chemical and materials engineering), or in topics such as artificial intelligence, neural networks and knowledge-based systems.

The primary aim of some members of staff is the development of advanced computer software for the investigation and solution of particular practical engineering problems. However, others may be involved only in the use of software (rather than its development) as part of a research study, parametric study, benchmarking exercise or other application of theory to advance understanding.

Overall, the aim is to form a group of people who have the collective expertise to produce the means of obtaining numerical solutions to a range of engineering problems, either as an end in itself or as part of a more general investigation when working with other groupings within the School, with other schools, or external collaborators.

Examples of current and recent research

  • Finite element modelling – wave-induced liquefaction of the seabed; seismic response of reinforced concrete structures; structural behaviour of bamboo; two-phase flow in oil reservoirs; non-linear constitutive models of soils and concrete materials for deterioration modelling.
  • Discrete element modelling – granular particle assemblies; shear plane development in shear box tests; silos.
  • Information technologies – virtual reality for structural design; grid computing for large computational systems; knowledge-based decision support systems for railway maintenance; computational hardware-coding of simplified DEM code onto a computer chip using field-programmable gate arrays or active memory; optimisation of railway maintenance.

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Entry requirements

The normal entrance qualification for PhD study is either at least an upper second-class Honours degree, or a first degree of a lower classification, along with an MSc or evidence of substantial relevant industrial experience.

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How to apply

Online applications

If you submit an online application, please write your ID number on your supporting documents when you send them to us. You will receive an ID number by email on the day after you submit your application (apart from applications submitted on Friday, Saturday or Sunday when the email will arrive on Monday).

If you send in your supporting documents before completing the online application form, please make sure that you write your full name, date of birth and the programme you are applying for on all the documents.

Paper application form

If you apply using the paper application form, please include, where possible, your supporting documents with the application.

Where to send supporting documents

  • Address: Admissions
    Aston Webb Building
    University of Birmingham
    B15 2TT

Tuition fees and costs

The University charges an annual tuition fee. This covers the cost of your tuition, examination and graduation, and includes membership of the Guild of Students. Fees are payable at the start of your programme.

When you accept the offer of a place, you are also accepting responsibility for the payment of your tuition fees, even if you are sponsored or in receipt of an award and the sponsor fails to pay. It is therefore very important that you have sufficient funds available to you. Unfortunately, if you fail to pay the fees, you will not be permitted to continue your studies.

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For general information about open days

  • 3 December

Their Postgraduate Open Day is the ideal opportunity to visit the University and find out more about the research areas or programmes that interest you.

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Contact details

Main University Switchboard

  • Postal Address: University of Birmingham
    B15 2TT
  • Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3344
  • Fax: +44(0)121 414 3971

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