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EPSRC CDT + PhD in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment

University of Cambridge

48 months
33972 GBP/year
9111 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The aim of the EPSRC CDT + PhD in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment offered by the University of Cambridge is to develop world-class, technically excellent, multidisciplinary engineers equipped to face current and future infrastructure and built environment challenges.


The EPSRC CDT + PhD in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment offered by the University of Cambridge four-year course comprises an initial MRes year, followed by a three-year PhD programme. 

This multidisciplinary programme aims to integrate some of Cambridge's internationally recognised strengths – 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.

The objectives of the course are to:

  • Deliver a coherent approach to postgraduate research training in civil engineering, balancing the conflicting objectives of specialization and generalism, consistent with the Department of Engineering’s general engineering undergraduate education approach
  • Equip the graduates of the MRes course with the research skills and training to enable them to make a seamless transfer and an accelerated start to the PhD  programme
  • Develop and equip the MRes postgraduate students with core civil engineering research skills rooted in a contextual framework that includes wider engineering, social, scientific and business-related disciplines linked to professional practice by producing graduates who combine a breadth of knowledge with the depth of specialist knowledge
  • Expose students to a wide range of industry-relevant research contexts, opportunities, and challenges
  • Develop students’ personal, professional practice and commercial skills, including entrepreneurship
  • Expose the students to a range of complex, multi-sector, multidisciplinary problems that face future infrastructure and built environment via the mini-projects
  • Train the students in transferable communications, business and research skills

The key research themes of the CDT are construction design and technology; building physics; future energy infrastructure; asset management; sustainability and urbanization; construction materials and waste minimization; water and waste; computing technologies in engineering; and infrastructure resilience against natural hazards.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MRes course will have developed skills and understanding in the following broad areas:

  • The fundamentals of civil engineering research methods, experimental methods, and theory within the context of future infrastructure and built environment
  • Challenges and trends in future infrastructure and built environment
  • Multidisciplinary aspects of civil engineering problems, including knowledge of research and methods in related disciplines (eg architecture, land economy, management, business, social science)
  • A specialist theme was chosen by the student (eg future energy infrastructure, future design, and technology, construction materials, resilience against natural hazards, asset management, sustainability and urbanization, building physics, water and waste, big data)
  • Teamwork, through cohort-based projects
  • Academic research skills gained through practical experience engaging in mini-projects
  • External exposure via strong links with industry, including secondments as well as potential secondments to international academic centers
  • Business practice and tools
  • Technology transfer and exploitation

By the end of the PhD, successful students will have produced original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in the area of future infrastructure and built environment.

Programme Structure


  • The MRes course is a mix of core and elective modules, group activities, presentations, project reports, and an MRes dissertation. The taught and research training elements are aimed at providing research practice training at first-year PhD level, and occur in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. Written examinations will take place at the start of the Easter term, after which work on the MRes dissertation starts.
  • Students will also be given extensive transferable skills and professional development training, including sessions with professionals, and will participate in an Introduction to Entrepreneurship course.
  • Successful MRes students will then proceed to a three-year programme of supervised doctoral research, during which time they will continue to be supported by the CDT. They will maintain participation in CDT seminars, conferences, and outreach activities, attend expert panel events, and participate in the CDT industry days and events.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree
  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33972 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33972 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9111 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9111 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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