PhD in Engineering and The Built Environment

London South Bank University

Program Description

PhD in Engineering and The Built Environment

London South Bank University

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 centers. 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
  • Aging research in the built and human environments
  • Green construction
  • Energy and resource efficiency
  • Monitoring energy demands
  • An energy assessment, measurement, and performance of buildings
  • Renewable energy in cities, communities, and districts
  • Disaster resilience

A member of staff, an 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 Ph.D., 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 Ph.D. 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.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

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 honors 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. 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.

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 in receiving your CAS or we may be unable to enroll you at the University.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 8, 2018
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3 - 6 years
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4,260 GBP
Year 1 full-time UK/EU fee: £4260; Year 1 full-time International fee: £13125. Year 1 part-time UK/EU fee: £2556; Year 1 part-time International fee: £7875
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