UKCRIC supported PhD

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems has now finished recruiting, however research in the area of Sustainable Infrastructure and Cities will continue through the UK Collaboratorium For Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) who are helping to support along with Industry standard PhD projects here at the University of Southampton. For more information on UKCRIC please follow the link:

Fantastic research and projects were conducted through CDT-SIS and this work will continue through the Industry and UKCRIC funded standard PhD projects that will be available. Students will be registered on the standard PhD Engineering and Environment programme however students will have access to training modules that were part of the CDT for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems as non-credit bearing modules.

The PhD projects will be funded for 3.5 years and will feature training that was related to CDT SIS. These training modules will be non-credit bearing and will provide a professional and research based skills foundation for the PhD project.

Training will be integrated across the entire four years and individually tailored to a Personal Career Development and Training Plan, developed through a Skills Gap Analysis with the supervisory team and industry sponsor.

The flexible and integrated training programme will combine technical and transferable components, delivered through a mix of novel cohort based peer-to-peer learning and more traditional teaching methods. Students and staff will participate in cohort-building training activities to develop transferable skills (e.g. project management, media / digital, team working and outreach / engagement) at strategic points throughout the PhD.

Information on the training modules that were part of CDT-SIS and will be made available as non-credit bearing modules for students is below.

  1. A one-week cohort module entitled, “Sustainable Infrastructure Systems”, which will be co-delivered with industry during Week 1. Staff, working in collaboration with industry representatives, will adopt a team teaching approach to enhance student understanding of the complexity of the projects, through emphasising the interactions between sectors as part of an infrastructure Nexus.
    Students visiting Didcot Power station
  2. An Group Project , The Group Project focuses on a specific challenge faced by industry.
    Students conducting research in Brazil during a Group Project
  3. The Professional Skills Development module is student-led and continues throughout the programme with achievement evidenced by portfolio. First-year students will organise a Cohort Conference and Industry Engagement event in which students from all years showcase their research to the wider student academic, and industry communities. Students will also organise and participate in outreach and engagement (e.g. public, political) events; and receive training in impact and translation (including planning for impact) and wider engagement (including public, policy and industry). Students will also be expected to take appropriate short training courses to provide the technical skills needed as identified through a “Skills Gap Analysis” conducted in collaboration with the supervisory team and industry sponsors.
    The annual CDT-SIS Conference is organised by CDT-SIS students this can be attended by standard PhD students

In addition to the cohort based learning, students will also be able to conduct an:

  1. Individual Pilot Project to help develop skills specific to their research topic and provide preliminary data of value to their overall research. This module will help transition students from a closely-guided educational system dominated by formal assessment to independent researchers. The module provides an opportunity for students to experiment with both emerging and existing technologies, including smart sensors and robots for infrastructure monitoring or repair.

    An example of Outreach activities that students can get involved in through the University of Southampton Roadshow

Further opportunities for training will be provided throughout the programme, based on needs identified during the skills gap analysis. Technical skills will be developed during the programme through an appropriate number of specialist modules (e.g. 2 x 15 credits each). There is no time constraint as to when the students should take these modules, although ideally all will have been completed by the end of the third year.

PhD Engineering and Environment projects conducting research in the field of Sustainable Infrastructure and Cities will be available to apply to through findaphd and the Southampton site