Engineering and the Built Environment, Ph.D. | Online (optional) | London South Bank University | London, United Kingdom
36 months
16900 GBP/year
4820 GBP/year
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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. Join the Engineering and the Built Environment programme at London South Bank University.

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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

This Engineering and the Built Environment  programme at London South Bank University  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. 

Employability Service

We are 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.

Programme Structure

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4820 GBP per year during 36 months.


National: £2,892

International: £10,140

Distance learning: Year 1 to 5: £ 4,820 / Year 6: £ 1,190

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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