Civil Engineering


The Civil Engineering PhD degree programme at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive a degree that is from the University of Liverpool and recognised by China’s Ministry of Education.

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

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

Pursuing a full-time PhD typically involves three years of conducting research and one year of writing a thesis, supported by subject-specific and generic skills training and development. A full-time PhD student must submit the thesis within four years. (A part-time PhD student must submit it in six years).

Why should I do my PhD in Civil Engineering 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;
  • You will receive supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool;
  • PhD students have dedicated travel budgets for participating in international conferences;
  • You will have the chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for three to six months; and
  • You will have opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and to develop academic skills crucial to your career.

Potential supervisors

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Find out potential supervisors from Department of Civil Engineering.


The scholarship application is open only to those applying for a full-time doctoral programme.

1) Apply for a scholarship for a funded PhD project:
One option is to apply for an existing PhD project that has received funds from the University or external funding bodies. The research topic and supervisory team for these projects have already been established.
There is no specific application deadline for a project as it will remain open until the position is filled. The start date of a PhD programme is usually the first day of March, June, September, or December. You can visit the Postgraduate Research Scholarships Page for information about the specific PhD projects available or to contact potential supervisors to discuss funding opportunities.

2) Apply for a postgraduate research scholarship with your own project

You can also apply for a scholarship with your own project. With this option, there will be two application rounds each academic year:

Application Rounds Application deadline Release of results
First Round 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 October End of December
Second Round 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 April Early July
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