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Built Environment PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 61 Built Environment PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Built Environment is closely related to Architecture, but takes a slightly more technical view of the subject area, incorporating research in Construction and Engineering alongside traditional architectural topics.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Built Environment?

PhDs in Built Environment offer doctoral students the chance to undertake interdisciplinary research in Architecture, Construction and Engineering, exploring the ways in which these subjects inform one another. Possible research topics include:

  • Air quality
  • Building acoustics
  • Building quality management
  • Civil and structural engineering
  • Construction industry
  • Construction law
  • Energy efficiency
  • Surveying
  • Sustainability
  • Thermography

The nature of Built Environment as a study area means that there are likely to be many real-world applications resulting from your research, such as the use of concrete as a building material.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Built Environment usually involve a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You’ll also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. Any professional experience in Built Environment or Architecture that you have will strengthen your application.

PhD in Built Environment funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Built Environment are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), depending on the focus of your research. This funding will provide a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. You may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding, or apply for a project that already has funding attached.

It’s also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Built Environment (although this can’t be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you’re considering a part-time PhD in Built Environment, it may also be worth asking your employer if they’re happy to sponsor you.

PhD in Built Environment careers

A PhD in Built Environment prepares you for employment in a range of industrial sectors, from construction and civil engineering to architectural practice and urban consultancy work. It also provides you with a great platform to begin a full-time career in research or university teaching.

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BIM-based expert system for predicting CO2 emissions at the project design phase decision-making

In recent years, human activities and rapid urban developments have negatively affected the ecosystem and quality of life. The planet's temperature has risen by 2 degrees following the Industrial Revolution, and it is predicted that this number will be added to the overall impact by 2050. Read more

PhD Scholarship: Programme Management of Gigaprojects

We are The Bartlett, UCL’s global faculty of the built environment. Individually, our schools and sections lead their fields. In partnership, they develop new responses to pressing world issues. Read more

A Framework to Use Parallel Computing and Simulations for Net-Zero Built Environment

The UK was the first major economy that passed net-zero emission law. The reduction of carbon emissions in the construction industry mostly relied upon a ‘fabric first’ approach in addition to use renewables. Read more

Big data and machine learning for urban energy and sustainability assessment and design

Urban features including façade features, window size, building age, land use, tree coverage, density are important parameters to determine urban sustainability, energy and climate performance for cities and buildings herewith in. Read more

Comprehensive decision support system for effective disaster management

  Research Group: Peace Studies
As the frequency and severity of natural disasters increases around the world, effective disaster management decision-making has become essential. Read more

Circular Economy Strategies in Building Environment Engineering

This research project presents a unique opportunity for individuals interested in addressing sustainability challenges within the building environment through the lens of circular economy principles. Read more
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ESG in property valuation/management

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) measures in the real estate sector continue to grow in both industry and academic relevance. Read more
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The global challenge of senior housing provision

Populations are ageing across the world. According to the World Health Organisation (2022), by 2030, one in six people will be aged 60 or over and the number of people in this age bracket will double to 2.1 billion by 2050. Read more
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Revitalizing retail amidst technological disruption

The built environment is increasingly susceptible to socio-economic, environmental and technological, disruptions that distort well-established institutional practices, and threaten the overall sustainability of the urban landscape. Read more

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