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PhD Architecture, Built Environment and Planning

Ulster University

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Ulster University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The Belfast School of Architecture and Built Environment is Ulster University’s principal focus for research activities relating to the sustainable design and development, management, regulation and conservation of the built environment. The quality of the research in the Built Environment was recognised as 100% world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of the research environment and research impact in REF2014. The main areas of research activity are carried out within distinct research groups, which also collaborate in joint research activities.

Postgraduate research opportunities are available within each research group and within the School, in the areas of Architecture, Built Environment, Energy, Civil Engineering, Fire Engineering, Highway Engineering, Hydrogen Safety Engineering, Construction, Property, Real Estate, Planning, Housing and Environmental Health.

Based on both the Belfast campus and the Jordanstown campus, the Belfast School of Architecture and Built Environment seeks to provide its research students with a lively and stimulating environment for their studies. Jordanstown offers extensive experimental laboratory research facilities, established over many years of investment. These laboratories are complemented by high end computational facilities, and are available within each of the research centres. The fire research building provides a unique series of laboratories for the study of fire safety engineering science.

Research facilities for the Centre for Sustainable Technologies provide a state of the art environment for the study of energy systems and markets, renewable energies and energy technologies. There is a strong practical focus on the delivery of low carbon building solutions with technical performance and social acceptance being tested on instrumented houses. The Belfast campus offers Architecture studio research based concepts that link both the technical aspects of the School at Jordanstown and close interactions with the neighbouring Belfast School of Art. All of the research groups have active involvement in both national and international programmes with networks involving a wide range of visiting researchers and scholars.

PhD graduates are recognised by employers to hold valuable transferrable skills, as the nature of the degree trains candidates in creativity, critical inquiry, problem solving, negotiation skills, professionalism and confidence. The most recent Ulster survey of PhD graduates found that 92% had secured employment within the first year since graduation (HESA Destination of Leavers Survey 2015), and while two thirds end up in the Higher Education or Research sectors, the range of skills acquired equips the remainder for employment in a wide range of contexts.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Ulster University

  • University League Table

    44th

  • Campus address

    Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland

Renowned for its warm welcome, Ulster recruits international students from over 100 countries across the globe and has over 200,000 alumni worldwide.
Ulster delivers a world-class UK university experience with the added benefit of being one of the UK's most affordable locations.
An international student experience team delivers a bespoke orientation programme and offers pastoral support to international students during their studies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 58 4

    4th out of 37

    11th out of 23 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    121 58%

    33rd

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%

    14th

    3
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.26 85%

    9th

    23
  • Entry standards

    / Max 157
    139 86%

    5th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%

    12th

    6
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%

    14th

    9
  • Entry standards

    / Max 204
    134 71%

    10th

    9
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%

    16th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.55 91%

    2nd

    1

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