PhD in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences - Investigating Cooperative - ITS to deliver Infrastructure as a Service

Newcastle University - School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Value of award

UK: 100% of tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,057pa. EPSRC full award, plus an Industrial Case top up from Siemens making a total allowance of £20,000 pa.

EU: students will receive a tuition fees only award.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

25 September 2017 (latest) for 3 years.


The research investigates autonomous vehicle and their interaction C-ITS Cooperative ITS.

The connectivity offered by ITS platforms facilitating the interaction between infrastructure, vehicles and travellers is a key component of future smart transport and will among other things, enable a whole range of use cases which connect infrastructure intelligence and traffic management for vehicles with different levels of vehicle automation (which could range from setting an optimum speed for the vehicle, providing priority at lights through to reducing vehicle emissions and supporting older drivers to continue driving safer for longer through various in-vehicle support systems).

The research could be approached from many angles, including the technology, the impact such technologies could have on future traffic management and operations, user acceptance, business cases or around the evolution of C-ITS and the automation of vehicles towards full driverless vehicles.


EPSRC and Siemens

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Phil Blythe, Dr Amy Guo and Professor Elisabetta Cherchi, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in Civil Engineering, other Engineering, Computer Science or ITS/business related subject. As this is an industrial funded Case award some consideration of experience in the topic area will be considered in lieu.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8040F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD Civil Engineering and Geosciences (transport)’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code CI785 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code CI785 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.

You should also email your covering letter and CV to Professor Phil Blythe.


For further details, please contact:

Professor Phil Blythe
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8120

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