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Structures Research Group


We welcome applications from excellent students who wish to join the Structures Group. 

There are two main application routes for graduate study within the Structures Group at the University of Cambridge. The first is for our ‘direct entry’ MPhil (1 year) or ‘direct entry’ PhD (3 year) degrees.  The second is for students interested in Cambridge’s MRes+PhD (1 year MRes +3 year PhD) course offered through our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2).  

  • Direct entry MPhil or PhD applicants

Applications are handled centrally so you need to apply through the University Graduate Admissions portal:

As part of your application you must state the name of the supervisor you wish to work with. You will also need to put forward a strong research proposal. We would therefore strongly advise you to look carefully at potential supervisors’ webpages and identify a supervisor with research interests that match yours. Please then contact the supervisor for an initial discussion. If you require funding, please note the funding deadlines for schemes administered/offered by the University are often up to a year before the date of entry. So please ensure your application meets these deadlines:

Similarly to direct entry application, you will need to apply through the University Graduate Admissions portal: for FIBE2 CDT applications. 

The Structures Group staff actively supervise FIBE2 CDT students. Potential applicants can select from the listed projects that have a defined supervisory team, so please clearly identify the project of interest on your application form. 

The following Civil Engineering (Division D) supervisors are accepting applications for research students to start in October 2024:

Professor Julian Allwood Professor Abir Al-Tabbaa
Dr Jurgen Becque Dr Edoardo Borgomeo
Professor Ioannis Brilakis Professor Ruchi Choudhary
Professor Fehmi Cirak Dr Robert Foster
Professor Mark Girolami Dr Andre Cabrera Serrenho
Professor Simon Guest Professor Stuart Haigh
Dr Jim Hambleton Professor Janet Lees
Dr Dongfang Liang Dr Kristen MacAskill (PhD applications only)
Professor John Orr Professor Gopal Madabhushi
Dr Jennifer Schooling Professor Keith Seffen
Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran (MPhil applications only)  Dr Brian Sheil
Dr Sam Stanier Professor Giulia Viggiani