PhD Building Technology


Program Description

Subjects covered in this area of research include:

  • low/zero carbon buildings
  • eco-buildings; heat recovery systems
  • computer modeling and building physics
  • acoustics
  • lighting
  • heat transfer and 2-phase flow
  • building services (eg heating, refrigeration, air-conditioning)
  • indoor environmental quality (eg thermal comfort and air quality)
  • ventilation/natural ventilation
  • thermal modeling
  • post occupancy evaluation
  • biomimetics

This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or a master at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element). It is usually completed over a period of around three years.


Students are equipped with additional tools for investigative analysis including computer facilities (with all the software you will need), building technologies laboratories and technical workshops, a digital fabrication suite, and model making workshop.

The Marmont Centre for renewable energy houses research laboratories that are equipped with technologies including photovoltaic panels, solar collectors, light pipes, wind turbines and ground source pump heats. The Sustainable Research Building (SRB) is designed to serve as an exemplary building, demonstrating state-of-the-art techniques for sustainable and environmentally responsible construction. You will also benefit from the use of laboratory, office, seminar, and accommodation that have been configured to support a number of different heating, cooling and ventilation strategies. Integrated technologies include photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal collectors, wind turbines, combined heat and power systems, light pipes, self-cleaning windows and rainwater collection systems.

The Creative Energy Home project is a showcase innovative, state-of-the-art energy efficient home of the future. The project aims to stimulate sustainable design ideas and promote new ways of providing affordable, environmentally sustainable housing that is innovated in their design. Several international companies including EoN, BASF, and Tarmac have provided funding for the project.

The workshop facilities include a model-making facility and digital fabrication suite with the 3D router, 3D printer and laser cutter.

Research support

Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each Ph.D. student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors. We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps who are available if you have a query about procedures relating to the research study, are concerned about your progress or the facilities available.

All Ph.D. students are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme, this is a structured programme of training drawing on formal external frameworks such as Joint Skills Statement, the Research Development Framework (RDF) and the Research Council guidance. The Engineering and Science Research Council (EPSRC) has recognized our Faculty programme as a sector leading standard of postgraduate research development and training.

The faculty has excellent links with industry and will ensure you develop transferable skills that will be of benefit in a variety of careers. You will also have access to the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: 2.1 (or international equivalent) and/or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject
  • IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element)
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