Research course

Engineering and the Built Environment

Institution
London South Bank University · Property, Surveying and Construction
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Research Degree programme at LSBU are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's level. Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. You will be invited to an interview with your potential supervisor, in person or by telephone, prior to an offer being made.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are a non-EU/EEA national, you may need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for clearance from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) in order to study this course. This is a requirement for enrolment at the University or for obtaining a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) if you need to make a Tier 4 General visa application. Please note, an ATAS certificate is not needed for you to submit an application for a course at LSBU and to receive an offer.

You can find more information about whether you will require this via the FCO website and in our MyLSBU guide to the Academic Technology Approval Scheme.

The process for obtaining an ATAS certificate can take some time so it is important that you check whether you need one as early as possible so that you can make your application for the certificate to obtain it in good time. Failure to produce a valid ATAS certificate could result in delays to receiving your CAS or we may be unable to enrol you at the University.

Months of entry

January, November, October, September, May, April, March, February

Course content

LSBU is the top modern university in London for world-leading and internationally excellent research in General Engineering, which includes The Built Environment and Architecture research - Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The wide range of research activities in our School, together with the mix of academic staff, post-doctoral research fellows and visiting professors, allows us to offer a stimulating and diverse environment.

Research themes

Research in the area of engineering and the built environment is carried out by specialist centres. Most academic staff belong to one or more of these and research students can expect to join a small team working on particular problems. Research themes include:

Research areas where we are able to offer supervision include:

  • Passive low energy design and building physics, climate change impact and adaptation of existing buildings
  • Building services, energy efficient and renewable energy technologies
  • Refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, cooling, and energy storage technologies
  • Electrical building services including lighting, power and control
  • Environmental and architectural acoustics
  • Life cycle assessment, maintenance and asset management.
  • Structural engineering, structural analysis and simulation,
  • Transport engineering
  • Water systems and management
  • Sustainability development
  • Urban resilience
  • Ageing research in the built and human environments
  • Green construction
  • Energy and resource efficiency
  • Monitoring energy demands
  • Energy assessment, measurement and performance of buildings
  • Renewable energy in cities, communities and districts
  • Disaster resilience

A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. As a research student you'll become part of our thriving academic community.

A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. A research degree is different from a taught course. Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team.

Read more about research in the School of the Built Environment and Architecture.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
48 months
distance learning
72 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
course.enquiry@lsbu.ac.uk
Phone
020 7815 6100