As a Built environment PhD student or Architecture PhD student, you will be an integral part of the School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering and take an active role in a range of intellectual and social activities within the school.
All postgraduate students working on built environment topics are integrated into one or more of our Centres for Research and Enterprise Excellence (COREs) or Research and Enterprise Groups (REGs), including:
Students have support and alignment across specialists in architecture, construction, and social sciences, bringing opportunities to present ‘work in progress’ to specialists and non-specialists and to reach a broad network of researchers.
The Brighton Doctoral College offer a training programme for postgraduate researchers, covering research methods and transferable (including employability) skills. Attendance at appropriate modules within this programme is encouraged, as is contribution to the School’s fortnightly seminar series. Academic and technical staff also provide more subject-specific training.
Researchers within the School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering are engaged in work across a wide range of topic areas, and thus your PhD research could pursue interests in almost any area of built environment.
Our particular areas of specialism currently include:
- Advanced technologies in the built environment, architecture and construction
- Construction management
- Education in architecture and the built environment
- Energy efficiency and building performance
- Environmental impact of buildings and construction
- Housing, community, people and planning
- Project management
- Sustainability of the built environment
- Interior architecture and urban planning
- Architectural humanities, theory, and ethics
- Practice-based architecture
- Designing sustainable urban living
While considering supervision from the University of Brighton, you may like to explore the following PGR programme area, too: