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Construction Management and Economics PhD

Overview

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 centres

Research in the area of construction management economics 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 areas and themes where we are able to offer supervision include:

  • Construction and project management
  • Strategic management of property, facilities,  and the built asset
  • Economics of construction, property and housing
  • Planning of the built asset and its environment
  • Building information modelling, and IT in construction
  • Managing People, risks, safety, and value
  • Innovations, knowledge, and intangible assets 
  • Procurement and contracts
  • Supply chains and networks
  • Strategic IT in construction
  • Managing data and its impact 
  • Modern methods of construction 
  • Housing and property investment
  • 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.

Read more about research in the School of the Built Environment and Architecture.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start Date
January; February; March; April; May; June; July; August; September; October; November
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Distance learning
Duration
6 years
Start Date
January; February; March; April; October; November; December
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    LSBU is helping transform the construction industry through its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

Modules

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.

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

Placements

Facilities

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    LSBU is helping transform the construction industry through its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

Teaching and learning

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 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.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November
Application code
P052642
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start date
January; February; March; April; May; June; July; August; September; October; November
Application code
P052642
Application method
Mode
Distance learning
Duration
6 years
Start date
January; February; March; April; October; November; December
Application code
P052642
Application method

Home, EU and International students should apply for our full-time and part-time postgraduate research courses in the UK using the online system provided by the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) via UCAS Postgraduate. You can apply for up to 10 courses – create your application in your own time and complete unfinished sections when you're ready. Use their Track service to follow your applications as they progress through the system and receive any offer replies online. All application enquiries can be put to our Course Enquiries Team by phoning 0800 923 88 88, or emailing course.enquiry@lsbu.ac.uk.

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.

For further information on what to include in your research proposal, download our guidance on writing a PhD proposal (PDF File 63 KB).

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4260International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 9006Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £13720
International £40315
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2556International fee: £7875
AOS/LSBU code: 9026Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £13720
International £40315
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4260International fee: £4260
AOS/LSBU code: 9060Session code: 1DS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £22240
International £22240

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

At the London Doctoral Academy we are committed to supporting and developing professional researchers who are driven to make a difference. We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations - and when they're available we'll publish notices on the London Doctoral Academy site.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    LSBU is helping transform the construction industry through its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

 
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