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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2)

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How to apply

Admissions for the MRes+ PhD programme. 

The MRes+PhD scheme is a 1+3 years programme.

UK students are eligible for funding from EPSRC with EU students eligible for part funding.  However, it should be noted that the admissions and funding application process is highly competitive. Please note projects for the Research Themes are still being finalised and will be advertised in due course. Please continue to apply for the MRes + PhD programme.

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Who are we looking for?

Who are we looking for?

  • Successful applicants require high level engineering or science skills. We welcome candidates with a background in any engineering discipline (civil, mechanical, chemical, manufacturing, electrical, information and others) or relevant science discipline (including materials science, earth science, environmental science, computer science, mathematics, chemistry) as well as other relevant disciplines including architecture and project management. Some applicants may have industrial experience.
  • Students are expected to have an upper second class (2.1) or first class honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university.
  • Candidates must have completed a four-year degree or a three-year degree and a Masters course. 
  • Entrance is competitive and successful applicants are likely to have high academic achievements.
  • Funding (fees+stipend) is available to students who are eligible for ESPRC awards. However, the programme has some flexibility and discretion to support the very best students (1 student per intake) wherever they may come from (EU, international or otherwise) so there may well be opportunities arising for those individuals who would not normally meet the eligibility requirements for EPSRC funding. 

The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive
and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity. 


Why should you apply?

Why should you apply?

  • You will be exposed to  the broad field of resilient infrastructure.
  • You will learn from and work with leading industry figures.
  • You will become part of an active and diverse community of academics, post-docs and graduate students within the University
  • The MRes year and its associated modules provide context for a range of professional, commercial and personal skills training while the MRes research project forms the start of the PhD study. 

  • The 4-year MRes + PhD course promotes technical, personal and professional resilience and leverage significant input and involvement with academic, research and industry staff with a wide range of expertise.
  • On completion you will have expert knowledge in the area of Resilient Infrastructure relevant to your research project


MRes + PhD

Step 1:  Apply using the University Applicant Portal

Apply through the University on-line system selecting the FIBE-CDT course code: EGEGR3. For further information on how to apply, please see 

Applications are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. Candidates are therefore encouraged to apply early to ensure the highest chance of success. Please note that we require a full application (including references and all supporting documents) before we can consider the application.

EU and international students applying for funding, please note the funding deadlines. 


Step 2:   Interview for a place on the programme

Successful candidates whose experience and qualifications meet the entry requirements and objectives of the Centre will be called for a panel interview in Cambridge or via Skype. Potential projects will be discussed with the candidate and feedback will be provided regarding the availability of specific projects and suitability of candidates to specific projects. 

Receiving an offer

Decisions for candidates eligible for EPSRC studentships will be made as soon as reasonably possible after the interviews. 


Industry + MRes + PhD

Admissions for the I+ programme for an October 2020 start are now open, with the MRes+ PhD programme starting in October 2021 


Students who wish to apply for the Industry+MRes+PhD (I+) scheme must be eligible to work in the UK. Please read the Home Office's website for further information.

Your application will be assessed to identify if your experience and qualifications meet the entry requirements and objectives of the Centre. If there is a potential match, you will be invited to attend and interview (in Cambridge or via Skype). A face-to-face interview will involve panel interview(s) and a tour of the facilities.

You may also have an interview at the appropriate Industry partner. Please note that each Industry partner will run the I+ scheme in a way that best suits their requirements. 

Studentship funding decision

Funding decisions for candidates eligible for EPSRC studentships administered by the CDT will be made as soon as reasonably possible after the interviews (normally within 3-4 weeks). 


Frequently asked questions

  • I am not a UK/EU resident. Am I eligible to apply?

Students who are not a UK/EU residents are eligible to apply. You can apply regardless of nationality or residency.

  • Am I eligible for EPSRC funding?

Eligibility for EPSRC Funding is dependent on your residency status, please see below;

UK Nationals - UK applicants that have settled status in the UK and have studied or worked in the UK for the past 3 years are eligible for full fees and stipend.
EU Nationals - due to the EU referendum, please see this link
Non-EU applicants - Non-EU applicants that have settled status in the UK and have worked in the UK (this does not include full time education) for the past 3 years are eligible for full fees and stipend.

For further information on eligibility please see the EPSRC website.  

  •  Do you have other sources of funding?
The University of Cambridge has several sources available. Please check their website.
  •  My background is not in civil engineering. Can I still apply?
Candidates are likely to have a civil engineering background although students from cognate engineering or scientific fields will be considered too. A good foundation in engineering is important.
  • What are the minimum requirements for the FIBE-CDT  programme?
Students are expected to have a 2.1 or a 1st class honours degree from a UK University or an equivalent standard from an overseas university. 
  • How would I determine the equivalent grading standard for my university/country?
If you have not studied in the UK previously, please check here whether your qualifications are considered suitable for entry. 
  • My first language is not English, what do I need to do?
If English is not your first language, please refer to the University's Competence in English page for further information. 
Please note that the Department of Engineering does not allow students to be referred to the University Language Centre.
  • I have already completed an MRes degree, can I only attend/register for the PhD years?

This programme has an integrated MRes year, which students must complete. It is not possible for students to register for the PhD years only. Applicants wishing to begin study at the University of Cambridge with PhD should refer to the Department of Engineering pages for details of direct entry to PhD study.

  •  Does the programme accept self-funded (scholarships, other University and/or governmental funded) students?
Yes, the programme considers students who have funding from other sources.