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Doctoral research

WEDC - Research with us: Studying

At WEDC, we welcome enquiries from future research leaders who wish to undertake one of our research programmes leading to the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

We encourage research into aspects of sustainable urban and rural infrastructure for water and sanitation in low- and middle-income countries. This may be primarily concerned with technology, or deal with sociological, economic and management factors.

For more information, please contact Dr Lee Bosher by email at


The regulations of Loughborough University for the award of higher degrees are flexible, and you can take full advantage of the benefits resulting from this. By attending full-time at the University, you can carry out research that is continuously supervised. Other options include part-time study at Loughborough, combined with data collection carried out elsewhere.


A requirement for registration is normally a good honours degree, although in certain circumstances other qualifications may be accepted.

All candidates must demonstrate fluency in written and spoken English, either by English Language qualifications or by the previous use of English as a language of study. Find out more about English language requirements here.


Apply for the doctorate programme at WEDC and you may be eligible for a part or full-time research studentship (subject to the nomination, approval and availability of funds and meeting eligibility criteria).


The School provides a rich training environment for all of our research students, with staff delivering mentoring and supervision alongside a ‘cohort-based experience’. Our 1000m2 award-winning ‘Research Hub’ provides a flexible, vibrant research environment that facilitates innovative research practice and collaborative knowledge exchange within and across conventional disciplinary boundaries. Each student has two academic supervisors and a director of research programme. Progress is monitored through regular supervisory meetings and a robust academic progress review conducted at the end of each year by an independent examiner.

All students are provided with a laptop, access to our laboratory facilities, technician support and funds for travel and conference attendance. The LU Graduate School provides transferable and employability training to meet the requirements of the researcher development framework. Students benefit from the School’s extensive seminar programme, quarterly doctoral seminar programme and annual away days. The aim is to stimulate our students, broaden their horizons, and deepen their knowledge in order to mould the research leaders of tomorrow.

How to apply

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD, you should complete a detailed outline research proposal (i.e. 3-5 pages covering background context, aims and objectives and proposed methodology) and identify a subject relevant potential supervisor (see the staff list for contact details).

You should then formally apply using the online application system. For enquiries about the application process, please contact our Research Administrator, Berkeley Young, on 01509 222611 or email

Click here to see what our students say about studying for a PhD with WEDC.

Current PhD programmes

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Postal address:
School of Civil and Building Engineering
The John Pickford Building
Loughborough University
Leicestershire LE11 3TU
United Kingdom

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