Research course

Built Environment

Institution
Birmingham City University · Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

Entry requirements

PhD applicants will normally be expected to hold a Master's degree in a relevant area. Applicants for MPhil (Master of Philosophy) will normally be required to have a first or second class honours degree. Those accepted for registration for MPhil may be allowed to apply for transfer to PhD registration at a later date, subject to satisfactory research progress. You will need to complete the research degree application form and provide a statement of your initial research ideas (we advise between 1,000 and 2,000 words, with full referencing to relevant literature).

Months of entry

September

Course content

Overview

The School welcomes enquiries relating to the built and natural environment, including planning, development, surveying, facilities management, conservation, expertise development, and history. Areas of research in which staff are currently active include rural-urban fringe economy and management; post-catastrophe urban reconstruction; urban conservation; stakeholders and community engagement; local sustainability; and controlling infection in health facilities. In line with the faculty’s research strategy, and our success in the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, research students interested in the following areas are particularly welcome: environmental management, sustainability, stakeholder perspectives, spatial planning, and property development.

Further details of its research, staff, projects, publications and current research students can be found on the School of Engineering and the Built Environment web pages.


Key Facts

An MPhil is a “research Masters’ degree”, is based on your own research, and is equivalent to 40,000 words. It can be a stepping-stone to PhD-level work, where you transfer to PhD following appropriate work (you don’t have to write up the MPhil). A PhD, “Doctor of Philosophy”, is the highest-level qualification, based on individual and detailed research, resulting in a thesis of about 80,000 words.

The School offers specialist supervision if you wish to pursue research programmes for the award of MPhil and/or PhD. You may undertake your research either full-time or part-time. If you are accepted for MPhil/PhD research you will be assigned to a Director of Studies (your main supervisor) and at least one second supervisor. There will be a programme of training workshops and seminars to support you.

As a research student in the School of the Engineering and the Built Environment, you will join a thriving research community. You will be encouraged to take part in research seminars, to publish in collaboration with your supervisors and to take part in research conferences nationally and (where possible) internationally. The Faculty as a whole also has a growing population of research students who organise social and academic events.

Department specialisms

The School welcomes enquiries relating to the built and natural environment, including planning, development, surveying, facilities management, conservation, expertise development, and history. Areas of research in which staff are currently active include rural-urban fringe economy and management; post-catastrophe urban reconstruction; urban conservation; stakeholders and community engagement; local sustainability; and controlling infection in health facilities. In line with the faculty’s research strategy, and our success in the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, research students interested in the following areas are particularly welcome: environmental management, sustainability, stakeholder perspectives, spatial planning, and property development.

Qualification and course duration

MPhil

full time
24 months

PhD

full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries Team
Email
courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk
Phone
0121 331 5595