With a strong multidisciplinary approach, PhD research at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management covers a breadth of topics related to management, economics and finance of the built environment.
Modes and duration
Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week. Part-time students normally attend half this amount. Research students are required to be in continuous attendance, apart from periods of leave.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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 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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Enterprise and Project Management
These are management and organisation studies comprising areas such as strategic management, innovation, project management, leadership and organisational behaviour. The School has a tradition of carrying out management and organisation research in the built environment (project-based firms, construction projects, complex and mega projects, infrastructure, governance, quantity surveying, building information modelling, digital transformation, supply chain, social networks, project-based networks, organisational, social and consumer psychology, sustainability, and professionalism).
Economics and Finance of the Built Environment
This area of research includes construction economics, infrastructure economics and finance, real estate economics and finance, real estate development, housing, climate change economics, development economics, public economics, economic history, behavioural economics, big data.
- Management, such as innovation, leadership, organisations, culture, strategy related to projects, enterprises and the construction industry.
- Economics and finance, related to construction, real estate, property development, infrastructure, climate change, sustainability.
- Data analytics, such as big data, building information modelling, social networks, building services.
About this degree
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) involves supervised research normally undertaken over a period of four years full-time (including 1-year Completing Research Status) or seven years part-time (including 2-year Completing Research Status). Assessment is by means of a thesis, which should demonstrate your capacity to pursue original research based upon a good understanding of the research techniques and concepts appropriate to the discipline.
Initially, you will be registered for the MPhil degree. If you wish to proceed to a PhD, you will be required to pass an 'Upgrade' assessment. The purpose of the Upgrade is to assess your progress and ability to complete your PhD programme to a good standard and in a reasonable time frame. It is expected that a full-time student will undertake the Upgrade assessment within 18 months of registration (30 months for part-time students).
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
The MPhil/PhD programme is one of independent research but your Principle Supervisor will establish a timetable of regular meetings with you at which all matters relating to your work can be discussed; such meetings should take place at least once per month.
As a research student, your additional costs may include expenses such as books, conference attendance and field research, in the UK or overseas.
UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.
Any additional funding available from the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management and the Built Environment Faculty Office are advertised on the respective websites.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Many of our PhD students have secured academic positions in top universities and jobs as leading practitioners in major organisations of the private and public sector.
The programme is intended to supply graduate PhD students with expertise in areas including economics and finance of the built environment, management of project enterprises and project-based networks.
We provide a number of networking opportunities for our students, including social events, lectures, collaborative projects and visits, team-building and student-led conferences.
Why study this degree at UCL?
In REF 2014 46% of The Bartlett’s research was rated 4* i.e. “world-leading”, with a further 35% recognised as 3* i.e. “internationally excellent”.* The Bartlett submitted the largest quantity of 4* world-leading research outputs (156 items) of any university submitting to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel. On “Research Environment”, which grades the “vitality” and “sustainability” of the research environment, the Bartlett received the highest score for submission to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel.
We recruit students who are highly motivated and qualified, willing to push the boundaries of knowledge and effect real-world change. We are proud of the diversity of our research programmes, both in terms of student backgrounds and research projects.
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.
Prospective MPhil/PhD applicants are encouraged to send an informal research enquiry before applying. This should be sent directly to the academic you wish to supervise you. Please refer to the staff list on the department website and see UCL’s Institutional Research Information Service (IRIS) for staff profiles. Please attach to your e-mail a referenced research proposal of around 1,000 to 2,000 words and your curriculum vitae (resume). Further details on how to apply to an MPhil/PhD can be found on the UCL Graduate Admissions website.
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