Graduate Study

Are you interested in graduate study in Geotechnical Engineering? We offer research degrees in a variety of topics in Geotechnical Engineering, for example:


Dynamics of civil engineering structures
Offshore foundations and sea-bed soil mechanics
Marine renewable energy (wind, wave and tidal)
Tunnelling and settlement damage
Soil-structure interaction
Theoretical modelling of soils
In situ
Numerical modelling applied to geotechnical engineering


More information on these areas is given on our research pages. We offer the possibility of studying for an MSc by research, but most students prefer to study for a doctorate (at Oxford called a DPhil, but exactly the same as a PhD elsewhere).

The application process is described on the Oxford University web site (follow the link labelled ADMISSIONS/Graduate Courses). Within that site some useful pages are:


You can apply online through the University Web site.

The Engineering Science web site also offers detailed information about the application process:

  • Summary page
  • How to apply
  • Graduate admission criteria (Note: our English language requirements are IELTS: an overall score of 7.5, with at least 7.0 in each component or TOEFL iBT (internet-based) - an overall score of 110 with minimum component scores of: Listening (22), Reading (24), Speaking (25) and Writing (24) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade B).

General enquiries about research in Geotechnical Engineering should be addressed to Dr C.M. Martin.

If you wish to do research in Geotechnical Engineering and are eligible for an EPSRC studentship (usually UK or EU nationals) or have already obtained a scholarship (or other support) please contact Dr C.M. Martin or any other member of staff.

We receive a large number of requests (especially from students studying in India) for Summer Internships. We are unable to offer any Internships, so please do not email us with any requests.

If you do not yet have funding you can find details of some scholarships in the Oxford University Graduate Prospectus (see also direct link to the search tool). Please do not write to us requesting a "scholarship", as unfortunately we will be unable to help. The University administers a scheme whereby a very limited number of bursaries are available to support research students. There is very strong competition for these bursaries and you will need an excellent academic record to have a chance of success.