Construction and Project Management MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Economics of the built environment: the future of public finance initatives/public private partnerships and the microeconomics of construction
  • Infrastructure: operational performance of social infrastructure, inter-infrastructure public domain performance data analytic comparisons, the role of interdependencies between infrastructure systems
  • Management of projects: the ‘front-end’ of projects across various project sectors, but with emphasis on industrial projects (e.g. oil and gas, mining)
  • Project-based enterprises: relational contracting; marketing in the 21st-century built environment and the role of social networks in complex supply chains.

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IRIS department: Faculty of the Built Environment

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A Master’s degree or equivalent is desirable.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250


All Built Environment funding opportunities are advertised on our website:

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Graduated PhD students from the school have secured jobs in both major and specialist consultancies as well as academic positions in leading universities both in the UK and overseas.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Beijing University of Technology, Lecturer, 2009
  • ICT Partnership, Director, 2010
  • GIT Equation, Lighting Designer, 2011
  • UCL Energy Institute, Research Associate, 2011
  • UCL, Evaluation Officer, 2011


Each programme has its own individual focus of study whilst retaining themes common to the school, such as management, economics, strategy and marketing. Recent students have gone on to establish successful careers in roles such as project management, marketing associates, real estate developers and project engineers. Some students have used the MSc as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.


Over the course of the academic year students are invited to take part in a programme of careers events organised specifically for the school. These include presentations from industry professionals and other external organisations as well as an Annual Alumni Networking Event which offers students the oppotunity to network with past students as well as current industry professionals. A programme of seminar presentations from invited academics and professionals takes place during the year to which all students are invited.

Next steps


Bartlett Graduate Faculty

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Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management

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Staff View

"I am inspired by the excitement of innovation and finding the 'shiver down the spine' moment when you know a research idea has the potential to change a sector or to make a real difference in our knowledge and understanding of cities."

Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith

Director, CASA

Subject: Spatial Analysis (Centre for Advanced), Faculty: Built Environment

Student View

"Many events and seminars are organised by the UCL Energy Institute or the Bartlett School. They are usually delivered by eminent people in the sector (both from academy and industry). Students are always welcome and warmly encouraged to take part in the discussion and networking sessions."

Virginia Gori

Degree: Energy Demand Studies MRes

Subject: Energy Institute, Faculty: Built Environment