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PhD Studentship in Engineering - Sub-surface Impacts of Green Infrastructure in Cities

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: RCUK stipend for 4 year studentship and RCUK fees paid.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th July 2019
Closes: 31st August 2019
Reference: studentship code ENG051

Value of award: Newcastle University and EPSRC Funded: RCUK stipend for 4 year studentship and RCUK fees paid.

Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration: 23 September 2019 for 4 years.

Application closing date: 17:00 Friday 9 August 2019.


Urban populations are expected to increase to nearly 70% of the global population by 2050. As natural regions are enveloped by urban development, land cover changes alter hydrologic responses of watersheds that drain these regions. Management strategies have sought to apply infiltration-based green infrastructure (GI) to mimic natural hydraulic regimes, often without a full understanding of subsurface hydrologic processes.

This project would connect newly installed observation networks to existing urban hydrology data networks and models with a focus on the role of subsurface processes attributed to GI. Outcomes from this project will improve understanding of the role of GI in urban hydrologic processes.


Newcastle University and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council EPSRC

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Brian Thomas and Professor Chris Kilsby.

Eligibility Criteria

This Project is only open to UK home students.

Applicants should hold a Masters degree in engineering, science, or applied mathematics, with a strong academic interest and background in hydrology and hydrogeology.

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 8209F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD Civil Engineering (Water Infrastructure and Resilience)’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code ENG051 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 ENG051 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.

You should also send your covering letter and CV to


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