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PhDs in Natural and Built Environment

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

Our research seeks to understand the impact of social, environmental and economic changes on society, and then to draw on this understanding to contribute to the better design and planning of spaces and places. Ultimately this leads to the creation, management and maintenance of improved sustainable built and natural environments.

We invite applications for research study in any of our research clusters:

  • Construction Materials
  • Environment
  • Housing and Neighbourhoods
  • Planning
  • Space and Place
  • Sustainable Design, Architecture and Construction

Additional areas for research study are represented through our special interest groups, including: 

  • Building Information Modelling
  • Built Environment and Energy Consumption
  • Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management
  • Critical Spatial Practice Research
  • Digital Construction Innovation
  • e-Learning
  • Healthy Homes for Building Communities
  • Interdisciplinary Learning Teaching and Assessment
  • History of Architecture Technologies and Architectural Conservation
  • Landscape, Ecology, Economics, and Management
  • Transport Planning
  • Urban and Regional Politics and Economics
  • Value and Cost Management

The Department of the Natural and Built Environment

The department supports over thirty national and international researchers, including industry and government sponsored students and international scholarship researchers. We collaborate with local and national organisations on a professional basis. Many of our academic staff have worked and continue to work in practice and offer consultancy, while others are represented on national and regional boards.

Examples of our research from staff and students can be found in our two annual Research Transactions - the Built Environment Research Transactions and the Natural Environment Research Transactions. A Review of our research activities can be found at – Annual Research Review.

Funding notes

We do not currently have any scholarships available and are only considering self-funded applications at this time. Please visit our website for more information

How to apply

Information on entry requirements, fees and other costs can be found on our online prospectus

For information on how to apply please visit

For general enquiries about our PhDs in Natural and Built Environment, please contact

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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