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The School of the Built Environment comprises Construction Management and Engineering and Architecture.

We recognise the value of knowledge-sharing and innovative collaboration across disciplines. When you embark on a PhD with us, you'll study as part of the wider School of Built Environment, so you'll benefit from wider interdisciplinary expertise.

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PhD opportunities

Discover our PhD opportunities in architecture, energy and environmental engineering, and construction management.


Why study with us?

The University of Reading has been ranked 6th in the UK for research power in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning (Times Higher Education, Institutions Ranked by Subject, based on its analysis of the latest REF 2021).

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Fees and funding

The University allocates around 150 entry awards each year in PhD studentships and bursaries, so there are many ways to access PhD funding.


How we support you

You'll receive support from the School of the Built Environment and the Doctoral and Researcher College, which is the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity.
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Meet our experts

Our talented and internationally diverse team in the School of the Built Environment is actively involved in research, contributing directly to your teaching and supervision.

Our team in Construction Management and Engineering

Our team in Architecture


Our research

Our research makes a case for a better built environment as part of an interdisciplinary centre of excellence.

Life in the School

Find out more about day-to-day life as a PhD student in the School of the Built Environment.

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