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Developing resilient hospitals through agent-based modelling

Approximate one-fifth of UK confirmed COVID-19 cases and the majority of the infected frontline healthcare workers are associated with healthcare-acquired infections due to contaminated built environments. This project aims to develop more resilient hospital building layouts concerning clinical network efficiency and nosocomial infection risks via agent-based computer simulations.

The PhD candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary team engaging healthcare bodies, engineering consultants and NGOs.

Applicants shall have a first or upper-second class honours degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Design or similar disciplines.

A postgraduate degree or work experience is not required but may be an advantage. Applicants are recommended to demonstrate his/her skills and experience in conducting original design, building information modelling and programming when preparing the research proposal/statement.


Agent-based modelling is a form of computational method for simulating the actions and interactions of individuals (agents) with the built environments. More information about the research group can be found here.  

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.