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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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Course Structure

About The Course

In FIBE2 CDT we offer a radical rethink to deliver innovation for the cross-disciplinary and interconnected challenges in resilient infrastructure.

Our FIBE2 CDT 1+3 MRes/PhD programme proposes a new approach to infrastructure research where students from different
disciplines proactively forge new training and research collaborations. FIBE2 achieves this through:

  • Expanding the paradigm of a ‘T’ shaped engineer embodying a combination of depth and breadth of knowledge, by adding a third dimension to it (see Figure) to capture our new thinking around cross-disciplinary training and research.
  • High level infrastructure engineering concepts which are closely related to underpinning technical challenges and solutions using a mix of theoretical and experimental work.
  • A broad cohort-based training of the relevant environmental, societal, economic, business and policy impacts as well as RI and ED&I training.
  • These depth and breadth elements are interwoven and brought together through problem-based challenges using large-scale cross-disciplinary infrastructure case studies.

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The MRes Year

The MRes year is cohort-based and provides the essential foundation knowledge and research skills on the challenges of designing, maintaining, protecting, and improving critical infrastructure. In addition, each student will develop a unique personalised development plan with their supervisors.

The MRes year will focus on a range of professional, commercial and personal skills training (entrepreneurship, RI, creativity) in the form of:

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The collated activities:

  • are built around concepts of peer-to-peer learning through a problem-based approach.
  • will include self-reflection exercises structured around coursework to improve critical thinking
  • are crafted to exploit and provide context for a range of professional, commercial and personal skills training (Entrepreneurship, RI, Creativity)
  • will promote technical, personal and professional resilience 
  • will leverage significant input and involvement from from project partners.

PhD Research (year 2 - 4)

By the start of the 3-year PhD, each student will have acquired a strong skills foundation through cohort and personalised training, carried out background and exploratory studies and generated a detailed plan of their PhD work programme in collaboration with their academic and industry supervisors.

FIBE-CDT PhD students will then spend both time on their core research topic as well as ongoing bespoke CDT training activities including:

  1. Impact studies 
  2. Engagement with  policy makers, the general public and relevant stakeholders 
  3. Activities linked with the  industry co-supervisors
  4. Placement with an international academic partner 
  5. Integration studies 
  6. Transferable RI, ethics and professional upskillling 

The objective is to enrich the students’ PhD research experience and ensure wider impact, application and benefits to society. 

Details of available projects are under Research Themes and Projects.