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:

  • Acoustics
  • Transport Engineering
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Efficient and Renewable Energy in Building

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.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November Southwark Campus
Part-time 5 years January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November Southwark Campus
Distance learning 6 years January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November Southwark Campus

Facilities

Regulating building temperatures efficiently, a PhD

Metkel's PhD research focused on improving the efficiency of a working ground source heat pump system, his findings have implications for government policy and the renewables industry

Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)

This £2.8million facility is a unique, teaching, research and demonstration resource for renewable and intelligent energy solutions.

Acoustic Research Facilities

Our acoustic laboratories offer an outstanding and rare learning environment. Facilities include an Anechoic Chamber and a Reverberation Chamber, which support cutting-edge research in the field of applied acoustics.

Employability

Research skills development

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.

When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.

In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.

Transferable skills

A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.

Attending conferences

Research students are often sponsored to attend national and international conferences and to meet leading scientists in their fields and to present their research findings. The progress of all research students is formally monitored by the University's Research Degree Committee.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

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 merit at a 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. 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. 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.

The JACS code for this course is H700.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start Dates Application code Application mode
Full-time 3 years January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November P052644 See below
Part-time 5 years January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November P052644 See below
Distance learning 6 years January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November P052644 See below

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Research proposal

When applying, please attach an outline of your research proposal (maximum 2,000 words).

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Program taught in:
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Year 1 full-time UK/EU fee: £4325; Year 1 full-time International fee: £13780. Year 1 part-time UK/EU fee: £2162.5; Year 1 part-time International fee: £6890
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