Structural behaviour of masonry elements

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Hossein Derakhshan
Research Fellow (DECRA)
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor David Thambiratnam
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

External supervisors

  • Nimal Perera, Kasina Consultants Pty Ltd


There are a variety of areas related to structural masonry that require further research. The scope includes strengthening of the existing buildings including their walls, floors, and roofs for loads that were not considered in their original design. The research scope also includes new masonry construction, where structural forms are studied for their efficiency. The exact area of study will be determined in the discussions that are made with the supervisor.

Research activities

The type of research activities include:

  • Review of existing literature; and/or
  • Interpretation of existing research data; and/or
  • Conducting experiments on material samples in QUT laboratories (including GP campus and/or Banyo Pilot Plant); and/or
  • Using computer software to model buildings or building parts.

Depending on the type of activity, a reasonable amount of technical writing is expected. Some of the activities may already be ongoing so you can form part of a team of other research students.


The outcome of research is new knowledge in the area of structural behaviour of masonry elements. The new knowledge should be documented, i.e. in the form of data-sets and/or written reports.

Skills and experience

For undergraduates and Master's applicants, a genuine interest in conducting desktop and/or lab-based research is required in addition to QUT requirements.

For PhD applicants, previous research experience in the area of structural engineering is required.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



Contact the supervisor for more information.