PhD in Engineering: Internet of Things (IoT) Based Monitoring of Critical Masonry Infrastructure

Newcastle University - School of Engineering

Value of award:  100% of UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual stipend of £14,777 (at 2018/19 rate).

Number of awards:  1

Start date and duration:  September 2018 for 4 years.

Application closing date:  19 August 2018.


The increasing amount of civil infrastructure and the ageing of existing infrastructure requires their regular inspection and maintenance. However, their relatively large size, complex construction and difficult access to some elements of their construction make such analysis challenging and time-consuming. Structural health monitoring (SHM) has attracted growing interest from researchers to improve the safety of engineering constructions such as buildings, bridges, tunnels or dams.

The overall aim of this multi-disciplinary PhD project is to develop a cost-effective, easy to install graphene nanocomposite strain sensor network based on emerging Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor movements and vibrations in large infrastructure that are vulnerable to the risk of changing environmental conditions.

Further project details can be found here.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Vasilis Sarhosis, Dr Toby Hallam and Dr Charalampos Tsimenidis, School of Engineering

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in Civil Engineering, or Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering, or Physics, or a related subject. The candidate will be expected to conduct work with industrial partners and should have good interpersonal skills.

The studentships are open to applicants satisfying EPSRC home/UK or EU fee status criteria, and are eligible for home fees. EU candidates may only be available for a partial award.

English language skills (if English is not your native language): an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with individual scores of 6.0 in each of the four sub-skills: writing, reading, speaking and listening.

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 to 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 in Civil Engineering FT - (Civil Engineering) Structural’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code ENG011 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 ENG011 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


Dr Vasilis Sarhosis, Lecturer in Infrastructure Engineering, School of Engineering. Telephone: +44 (0) 1912085655, email:

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