PhD research

We welcome inquiries in the fields of planning, surveying, property and new estate - please check the Research Centre websites and details of academic staff interests to see how your interests and research ambitions align with ours.

For general discussions about the studying for a research degree contact the School's Associate Head (Research), Professor Peter Larkham (


Formal applications should be made on the University's online application form, which can be found under the 'How to Apply' tab of the Built Environment PhD course page. The form should be accompanied by an initial research proposal of 1,000-2,500 words (fully referenced) explaining your ideas about topic and how it might be studied - this allows us to match your ideas with staff experience and interests. To discuss the application process or request an application form contact our Research Administrator, Sue Witton (

The university enrols new research students in September and January. To allow due consideration of applications, they must be received by end of May for September start, or by end of October for January start.