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Doctoral programmes – University of Reading

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    Make an original contribution to the study of the built environment

Doctoral programmes

As a postgraduate research student in the School of the Built Environment (SBE) at Reading, you will be part of an international centre of excellence for teaching and research.

Our Doctoral Programmes

We offer four doctoral programmes within the School of the Built Environment with many opportunities to explore research topics which span interdisciplinary boundaries.

An introduction to the school

The School of the Built Environment at the University of Reading is an interdisciplinary centre of excellence with internationally renowned expertise in the design, construction, operation and use of buildings and infrastructure.

The SBE's remit extends 'across the scales' with the aim of making the built environment work better for society. Our work explores the physical, ecological, social and cultural environments that affect people's lives, including quality of life, sustainability of communities, wealth generation and long-term resilience. We offer an interdisciplinary approach to your research, drawing together expertise across a range of disciplines, including: architecture, design, science and engineering, social science and management.

You will be part of a supportive and collaborative global community of students, staff, alumni and external research partners. We value the breadth of perspectives, wide range of expertise and international experience which our diverse student and staff body brings to our learning community. Our academics are friendly and approachable, and will support you throughout your studies.

 World-leading research

The SBE has an established global reputation for the quality and breadth of our academic and applied research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), the University of Reading is ranked 3rd in the UK for the impact of our research in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning. 83% of our research is rated world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Research in the School is organised into three key research groups:

  • Organisations, People and Technology
  • Energy and Environmental Engineering
  • Urban Living

PhD students are aligned with the research group which best reflects their interests. This embeds each student within a community of research-active academics working on a broad spectrum of externally funded projects.


Technologies for sustainable environments

The Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments (TSBE) Centre - part of the SBE - is a centre of excellence in sustainable built environments, renewable energy and energy management research. The Centre is interdisciplinary and works with outstanding academics within the SBE and across the University to deliver an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme in collaboration with leading UK industries.

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