Whether you are an employee or employer, if your practice wants to develop new knowledge and exploit a track record of innovative practice, our course could be the answer. It offers individuals and businesses alike the chance to exploit expertise and add intellectual capital.
As part of our commitment to collaborative research in engineering and architecture, we would also like to hear from potential partners in industry who are interested in developing their staff with us.
Who should apply?
Intended for qualified practitioners in relevant fields, this course is for committed mid-career professionals who can draw on their work and experience in practice as part of studying for a PhD.
Designed to be part-time, it allows you to continue earning while completing a consolidated programme. You'll register for six years, part-time but can submit within four years if you meet the requirements. The course presumes 500 hours a year of intensive and focused doctoral study. You can request to extend or suspend your registration for up to a year if your circumstances change.
Our PhD programme offers expert individual supervision as well as shared induction and training courses, and involves internationally leading figures in building design.
The Department is a leader in built environment research through the activities of its research centres and staff, with three principal research groups:
- BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM)
- Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA)
- Engineering and Design of Environments (EDEn)
Our current research areas include:
- architectural management
- BIM and collaborative technologies
- building conservation and upgrading
- climate change, sustainable development and environmental modelling
- design for building resilience
- design management and strategies
- digital design
- environmental impact of design and construction
- healthcare design
- low carbon and low energy building design
- the use of radical, low-carbon building materials and technologies
Study can reflect a company’s or individual’s interests and expertise and, ideally, will encompass both. The University also offers the potential for collaborative research in computing, psychology, management and other disciplines.