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Excellence in research

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 100% of the University of Reading's research in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning is rated of international standing (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions), and 100% of our research impact in the same Unit of Assessment has been classed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ (REF 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions).

The University is also 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).


Our doctoral community

The School of the Built Environment is a supportive and collaborative global community of students, staff, alumni and partners. 

If you undertake your PhD with us you will become part of a large, diverse community of doctoral students across the University. 

Learn about the wider PhD community at Reading

Teaching opportunities

We'll support you to develop your teaching skills and gain experience that will prepare you for a career in academia. We offer opportunities to teach on undergraduate modules and supervise undergraduate projects in the School. 

As a doctoral student at Reading, you can also attend the Graduate School's Preparing to Teach programme at no extra cost.

Built Environment research groups

Research activity in the School of the Built Environment is organised into three research groups: 

These interdisciplinary groups bring together colleagues across the School to participate in a number of activities, which our PhD students can utilise during their time at Reading.

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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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.

Athena SWAN Silver Award