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


It is possible to study the FIBE2 CDT programme on a part-time basis (please note part-time study is dependent on the suitability of the studentship).

MRes Course

If studied on a part-time basis, the MRes course will be delivered over 2 years.

Just as with full-time study, the part-time course is cohort-based and will provide the same essential foundation knowledge and research skills.

The MRes course consists of 6 core modules: CM1-4 plus two electives from the Part IIB modules (4th year undergraduate Engineering degree), three projects (Nurturing and Managing Innovation in Science -NMIS, Mini-project and Desktop Study) and an MRes Research Project.

The part-time mode of delivery splits the MRes components over two years as outlined in the diagram below. For Michaelmas and Lent Terms, it would be necessary to attend two days a week in order to have in-person teaching of the core modules and the NMIS project. Other elements of the MRes course lend themselves to remote learning such as the Mini-project, Desktop Study and MRes Research Project (if not lab-based).

MRes Course Part-time Study Structure


PhD Years

If studied full-time the PhD would normally take 3 years, but it could be studied on a part-time basis at the standard 60% FTE, over 5 years.

Either option would be possible having studied the MRes course on a part-time basis, but a change from part-time to full-time would constitute a mode of study change - ESPRC terms and conditions allow the mode of study to be changed only once within a programme of study.

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