Research course

Built Environment

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

Candidates seeking admission to the degree of MPhil or MPhil with possibility of transfer to PhD will normally be required to hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a university, or any other institution of higher education in the UK with degree-awarding powers or a qualification which is regarded by Anglia Ruskin as equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree.

Months of entry

January, October, June, April

Course content

Our research effort is focused upon four areas:

Sustainable Building Services and Sustainable Architecture:

  • building energy end-use modelling
  • control strategies for energy efficient air conditioning and HVAC systems using simulation software and field measurements
  • modelling and simulation of building performance in the areas of energy consumptions, carbon emissions, orientation and form of buildings
  • daylight and artificial lighting to achieve low carbon designs using simulation software
  • BRE Environmental Assessment Method to assess the environmental impacts of buildings
  • renewable energies
  • sustainability of construction materials
  • building design and environmental performance

Sustainable Construction Materials:

  • low carbon cements: use of replacements for cement in concrete
  • ow carbon concrete strategies and solutions
  • lime-based building materials
  • re-use and re-cycling of building materials
  • use of alternative de-icers
  • evaluation of durability and microstructure of construction materials

Sustainable Communities (typically issues affecting the sustainable communities agenda):

  • community analysis, stakeholder engagement and community led consultation processes
  • climate change adaptation strategies
  • renewable energy technology developments
  • sustainable energy production from domestic wastes
  • environmental assessment and policy
  • facilitating sustainable life styles
  • sustainable urban design strategies
  • skills for sustainable communities
  • use of new technologies for teaching and training

Infrastructure Design and Professional Practice:

  • improvement of professional practice
  • vibration analysis and control
  • non-destructive performance testing
  • effective management of the construction process

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36 - 72 months
full time
24 - 60 months


part time
36 - 72 months
full time
24 - 60 months

Course contact details

Anglia Ruskin Applicant Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 845 271 3333