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Civil Engineering - Research

UCD Civil Engineering has made major investments in recent years to modernise and improve its research capabilities.

The School of Civil Engineering is very active in research with nearly 60 PhD and research Masters students working in a great variety of areas. There are a number of research groups within the school which you can link directly to. Alternatively, there are many individual researchers working in a wide variety of areas. There are lots of information in these pages but, if you want to know more, go to the staff pages and look up the research interests of the individual staff, a list of Publications, available Facilities, and participation in major Projects or organisation of Conferences / Seminars by the School.

The School of Civil Engineering offers two research-based higher degrees:

•The Master of Engineering Science (M.Eng.Sc. - mode 1)
•The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

The research programmes (MEngSc and PhD) reflect the wide spectrum of Civil Engineering practise.

UCD Civil Engineering has made major investments in recent years to modernise and improve its research capability across a range of sub-disciplines and to establish facilities for world class research.

Facilities include laboratories for structural testing, concrete, soils, road materials, hydraulics, water and effluent analysis, PC and workstation facilities and an engineering workshop.

A student can undertake a research project on any approved topic under the direction of a member of the academic staff of the School.

Prospective candidates should contact the academic staff member whose research interests are close to the candidates preferred research area.


T240 PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time.
T250 MEngSc: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time.

Further enquiries

School Office opening hours are 09:30-13:00 and 14:30-17:30

For further information please contact:

Andrew Griffiths
UCD School of Civil Engineering,
University College Dublin
Newstead, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland


Tel: +353 1 716 3201
Fax: +353 1 716 3297

Research areas

Current research includes

soil mechanics and foundation problems,
•analytical and experimental aspects of structural behaviour,
•traffic and transportation studies,
•water and environmental engineering,
•computational modelling of civil engineering materials,
•systems and processes.

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School

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