Research course

Built Environment Specialisms

University of Bolton · Faculty of Advanced Engineering and Sciences
PhDPhD (via MPhil) MPhil

Entry requirements

For the PhD: Applications only accepted from candidates who hold a good Honours Degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject. Candidates need to put forward an academic proposal for the subject area to be considered for the PhD programme. For the MPhil: Applications only accepted from candidates who hold a good Honours Degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

PhD, PhD (via MPhil), MPhil.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Built Environment specialisms is aimed at students with a masters degree in a relevant field, in addition to a good honours degree (or significant work experience and professional qualifications) who wish to undertake a research-based doctorate.

On a PhD programme you are expected to demonstrate the creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research or other advanced scholarship of a quality to satisfy peer review, which extends the forefront of the discipline and merits publication.

You will also be expected to acquire an understanding of a substantial body of knowledge in your particular subject area in the field of the built environment, as well as a general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge. You will also gain a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry in the built environment.

The Inclusive and Sustainable Environments (IaSE) research group is dedicated to supporting the construction, infrastructure, property and facilities management industries through research. We work in collaboration with the industry to progress research and development in the built environment. Our strengths lie in the integration of various aspects of built environment research, close collaboration with industry and academic skill based on a long tradition of education for industry. This ensures that our research is well-grounded and relevant to the needs of industry.

Department specialisms

Current and recent research projects in this subject area include: Accessible Built Environment Careers for all Students (ABECAS); Critical Investigation of the Role of the Construction Project Manager in the State of Kuwait; Housing Maintenance Requirements in Renewal Areas; The Role of Facilities Management in Private Housing Schemes.

Information for international students

International students require: TOFEL score of at least 575 paper based and 230 computer based; or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

PhD (via MPhil)

part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
+44 (0)1204 903903
+44 (0)1204 903809