PhD Civil Engineering

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The Department of Civil Engineering PhD degree programme is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool, and is based at XJTLU. Upon successful completion of your programme you will receive a degree from the University of Liverpool, which is recognised by the UK’s Department of Education as well as China’s Ministry of Education.

Students on this programme are formally registered with the University of Liverpool as off-site postgraduate research students. You will carry out research on XJTLU premises under the supervision of the supervisory team.

As a PhD student you will be appointed a designated primary (local) supervisor at XJTLU, who is a full-time member of academic staff. In addition, you will also have a designated secondary supervisor based at the University of Liverpool.

The normal length of full-time PhD programme is three years. At the end of three years’ full-time study, you can apply for an extension of one year to complete the writing of your dissertation. Part-time PhD degrees usually take four to seven years.

As a registered full-time PhD student, you have the opportunity to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months. Your accommodation and travel fees will be covered by XJTLU and the University of Liverpool.

Full-time PhD students are funded to attend local and international conferences during their studies.

Key benefits of PhD study at XJTLU:

  • Our PhD programme equips you with a range of professional skills to help you maximise your future employability
  • Our supervisors will guide you through one of the most intellectually satisfying experiences of your life
  • Supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool
  • PhD students have dedicated travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and develop crucial academic skills.



We have a number of scholarship options for PhD candidates, including tuition-only scholarships for full-time PhD study and an academic merit scholarship for international students. Please see our scholarships page for more information.

Additionally, specific funded PhD projects are available that have a scholarship covering the tuition fee and a monthly stipend. Please visit scholarships for specific financial information. The Department has the following funded PhD projects available (this list is updated in January and July every year):

Title of PhD project Reference number Status Supervisor
Polymer Concrete for Timber Composites
RDF-16-01-05 Open Dr Karol Sikora
[email protected]
Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Textile Reinforced Mortar for Strengthening of RC Members at Elevated Temperatures RDF-16-01-17 Open Dr Charles Loo
[email protected]
Effect of Vegetation Patch on Compound Channel Flows
RDF-16-02-02 Open Dr Xiaonan Tang
[email protected]
Experimental and analytical investigation on the behavior of masonry strengthened with the use of Textile Reinforced Mortars (TRM’s) subjected to elevated temperatures
RDF-16-02-30 Open Dr Krevaikas Theofanis
[email protected]
Lattice-Boltzmann studies on the effect of the morphological properties of porous media in immiscible displacements
RDF-16-02-34 Open Dr Konstantinos Papadikis
[email protected]

Potential of Sustainable Functionally Graded Concrete Pavements

RDF-16-02-42 Open

Dr Isaac Galobardes
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Study on the Flow Structure of Asymmetric Compound Channel NSFC Project No. 11772270 Open Dr Xiaonan Tang
[email protected]
Water Sensitive Urban Design for Sustainable Water Resources Management under Uncertainty RDF-17-01-42 Open Dr Changhyun Jun

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of academic qualifications for entry onto our PhD programme. Please see our entry requirements for additional information.

How to apply

All applications for a PhD programme should start with you emailing potential supervisors about either a specific funded project or about your idea for a self-funded project.

They can help you with the next stages of the application process and you can also find out more information on our how to apply section.