With a strong multidisciplinary approach, PhD research at the Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management covers a breadth of topics such as innovation, learning, risk management, leadership, marketing and financing in projects and project-based enterprises.
September 2018, January 2019, April 2019
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £5,060 (FT) £2,530 (PT)
- £19,970 (FT) £10,140 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject, is essential. Exceptionally: where applicants have other suitable research or professional experience, they may be admitted without a Master's degree; or where applicants have a lower second-class UK Honours Bachelor's degree (2:2) (or equivalent) they must possess a relevant Master's degree to be admitted. We expect any successful application to include a sufficiently strong and convincing proposal, and those holding a Master's degree are typically well prepared to provide one. Relevant work experience is highly desirable.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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- The management of projects: the 'front-end' of projects across various project sectors
- Economics and finance of the built environment: the future of public finance initiatives/public private partnerships and the microeconomics of construction
- Management of project enterprises: marketing and business development practice in project enterprises and interface management between the project business and the project
- Project-based networks: relationship management across organisational boundaries; risk management and the role of social networks in complex supply chains.
After graduation PhD students have secured jobs in major and specialist consultancies as well as academic positions in leading universities both in the UK and overseas.
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 project management, as 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 opportunity 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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management (C&PM) is a world leader in the field of research. In the last (2008) UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), C&PM achieved the highest rating (4*) in terms of numbers of staff with top output ratings.
Postgraduate research is an important part of the school’s activity. Staff and students interact to stimulate ideas, and develop and hone conceptual understanding and analysis, in order to generate original contributions to knowledge and practice. Much of our PhD research is at the leading-edge, making new advances in the field.
Student / staff numbers
› 42 staff
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management
81% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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.
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