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I(ndustry) + MRes + PhD studentships at EPSRC Future Infrastructure and Built Environment CDT

We are currently looking to recruit talented students for a unique programme which combines industry experience with cutting edge research in civil engineering, delivered in collaboration with a range of top-tier contractors and consultants at the UK's top ranking Engineering Department. Successful applicants will spend 1 year working with an industry partner, prior to starting a 1 year MRes + 3 year PhD programme at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment (FIBE CDT). This offers the unique opportunity to focus your research on creating solutions to real-world industry problems and identifying opportunities for innovation with commercial potential.

The FIBE-CDT delivers an innovative model of doctoral education focused on cohort-based training. During your year in industry, you will have the opportunity to join the graduate training scheme delivered by your industry partner and also to participate in FIBE CDT activities at the University of Cambridge. You will then start your 1 year MRes + 3 year PhD programme, where you will undertake training in both core civil engineering subjects and specialist modules to develop your research interests and prepare you for your PhD studies. Applicants are not required to have a proposed PhD topic or supervisor in order to apply and the I+ year and MRes programme are designed to allow you to explore your interests through industry experience, labs, courses and group projects.

The FIBE CDT's research and training activities focus on integrating Cambridge's internationally recognised strength in structures, geotechnics, materials, construction, sustainable development, building physics and water and waste within the wider context of related engineering disciplines, architecture, the sciences, land economy, manufacturing, business, economics, policy and social science, and also includes entrepreneurial training delivered in collaboration with the Judge Business School.

Applicants are normally expected to have a 2.1 or 1st class honours degree or an equivalent standard, and candidates from a civil engineering background and other cognate disciplines are encouraged to apply. For the MRes + PhD years, applicants can either select a potential research project(s) from a range of different themes and projects or develop one in the course of the MRes year. Please see

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with 3 rounds of application deadlines. The first round closes on 4th January 2018, the next round on 30th April 2018 and the final round of admissions closes on 30th June 2018. Early application is strongly encouraged as places are limited. Instructions on how to apply can be found at Please note that the application process for the I+ scheme differs from MRes + PhD programme and should be submitted directly to the Programme Administrator at

For further information on the I+ year and the MRes + PhD programme, please see:

Students who wish to apply for the I+ scheme must be eligible to work in the UK. A salary will be provided for the I + year by the industry partner. Fully funded studentships, which cover both fees and a tax-free stipend (currently set at £14,553 per annum), are available for the four years of MRes + PhD studies for students meeting the EPSRC funding requirements. We will not be able to consider applicants who do not meet the UK / EU residency requirements for EPSRC funding. A summary of the funding requirements can be found at and further information is available from the EPSRC at


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