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Built Environment PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Edinburgh

We have 20 Built Environment PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Edinburgh

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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Urban Facilities Management in the Smart Places Ecosystem

Growing areas of academic and policy interest in the built environment consider the role of cities as homes to the majority of the world’s population and key drivers for health and wellbeing, resilience and sustainable development. Read more

The impact of positive soundscapes in indoor built environments

  Research Group: Institute of Sustainable Built Environment
Project Ref. JWS2023-LG. Acoustics research at Heriot-Watt University aims at integrating engineering and perceptual approaches to reduce noise in the built environment and improve quality of life. Read more

Digitally twinned rating systems for low energy housing in Scotland.

This PhD Project aims to develop innovative ‘digitally twinned’ rating systems for low energy housing in Scotland. Energy efficiency is becoming a pressing issue that must be addressed in current and future housing developments. Read more

Spatial Housing Market Spill-overs in the UK

The housing market is undoubtedly an important contributor to both the UK economy and people’s quality of life and well-being. Changes in house prices can affect many stakeholders in the market, including homeowners. Read more

Performance criteria for passive housing systems using nanostructured behaviours for energy harvesting and environmental comfort

In the context of wider goals towards Sustainable Development Goals SDGs through Net Zero Energy Building nZEB. A combination of sustainable design and renewable energy harvesting strategies is a promising path to sustainable development in the construction sector. Read more

Build back better housing reconstruction: A framework for post-disaster sustainable recovery assessment

“Build Back Better” (BBB) re-construction approach to post-disaster recovery research trends have escalated globally since 2016. Recent post-disaster reconstruction strategies have generally focused on enhancing resilience, against future disasters, especially during the reconstruction phase. Read more

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

Decision Support Models for Modern Insulations

Greenhouse gas emission reduction in the built environment requires lower U-Values for external building envelopes, the traditional insulation types may no longer be optimum solutions for new dwellings or refurbishment of the existing homes. Read more

Building Intergenerational Age-Friendly Cities and Communities

  Research Group: The Urban Institute
Project Ref. JWS2023-RW. The World Health Organisation Age-Friendly Cities and Communities agenda has provided a framework for the development of cities and communities that enable social participation, independence and ageing-in-place. Read more

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