Research course

Built Environment

University of Salford · School of the Built Environment

Entry requirements

A master’s degree or good (2:1 or above) honours degree and a recognised professional qualification in the built environment, and a minimum of 3 years’ relevant post-qualification experience. Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)- Appropriately experienced applicants will be considered in line with the University’s APL/APEL procedure. Suitable for experienced property and construction professionals with a demonstrable aptitude for academic study, and a desire to influence professional practice through research.

Applicant profile- You will be an experienced practitioner in one of the property and construction professions who is seeking a further challenge from that provided in your current career. You are likely to have a desire to change an aspect of practice, or to lead developments in a particular field. You will need to have strong academic abilities and written communication skills, and the motivation and self-discipline to undertake a significant programme of part-time study over a prolonged period of time.

Months of entry


Course content

3 good reasons to study Professional Doctorate (Built Environment) at Salford:

  • Keep up with your professional commitments while following an achievable path to a doctorate
  • Study part-time via distance learning with others from similar professional backgrounds
  • Reduce your study time by drawing on existing sources of expertise

Course Summary

If you are an experienced property or construction professional, this course is an achievable way to gain a doctorate in a subject related to your expertise. A professional doctorate has equivalent status to a PhD, but it carries more weight for professionals, like you, who work in industry. During your time with us, you will be introduced to a step-by-step methodology which you can follow to achieve your doctorate. Your studies will take the form of distance learning supplemented by occasional workshop sessions. Consequently, the course is suitable whether you are based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or continental Europe.

Information for international students

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months

Course contact details

Paul Chynoweth
+44 (0) 161 295 3092