PhD in Built Environment(N/581/8/0088)

The School of the Built Environment has strong relationships with industry, professional institutions and governments around the world (and especially UK and Malaysia). This allows us to develop and transfer knowledge beyond the boundaries of the academic environment to provide you with the unique opportunity to conduct research in this part of the world.   

The School draws together expertise across a range of disciplines including organisation and management, design, sustainability, procurement and economics. We particularly welcome interest from postgraduate students wishing to pursue research in topics related to our three main research pillars:

  • Business Innovation in Construction
    Specific areas of expertise include construction procurement, contract law, life-cycle analysis (LCA) and whole life cycle assessment. Interests include the construction sector's relationship with broader society, including corporate social responsibility.
  • Digital Practices
    This group tackles opportunities and challenges of using Building Information Modelling (BIM) in delivering and managing the built environment. Our research also explores the realm of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and other emerging digital technologies and how these can be used to create a more immersive environment in the construction industry.
  • Transition Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy
    Specific areas of interest include how the construction sector will deliver against diverse sustainability requirements from policy-makers, professional institutions, clients and occupiers. Interdisciplinary research is needed into the ways in which change leaders are working to translate these demands into company-level strategies, cultures, organisational and supply chain structures and practices.

The Construction Project Management and Digital Technologies International Research Centre (DiTIC) was established in January 2018 with the vision of developing a Taiwan-Malaysia research platform for young researchers. The initiation of the DiTIC is in response to the New Southbound Policy – an initiative of the Government of Taiwan to boost cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia. The DiTIC is funded by the National Taiwan Science Education Center. The DiTIC aims to become a hub for construction project management and digital technology, with a commitment to providing professional services in Southeast Asia. Graduates can take advantage of a variety of research topics currently being undertaken within the DiTIC.

Find a PhD supervisor

For more details of the research interests of our academic staff:
Dr Mohd Faris Khamidi

What to do next?

You must express your interest in studying for a PhD with us by sending your CV and an initial research proposal (about 500 words) on the topic that you are thinking of exploring in your PhD to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The proposal must address the following three questions:

  1. What are you going to research: The main research question.
  2. Why you think that an answer to this question is important: The relevance of the topic from an academic viewpoint.
  3. How you will answer the question: The main methodology applied.

Meaningful answers to these questions will enable us to put you in touch with any academic staff with interests and expertise in your subject area, and for you to work with them to develop your proposal into an original research project that will move your field forwards. Once a supervisor and suitable research topic have been identified, we will encourage you to submit an application for admission to the PhD programme.

Find out more

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Minimum upper second-class (2:1) Bachelor’s degree (honours) and Master’s degree (relevant to the discipline) or an equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University

English Language Requirement
IELTS: 7.0 overall, with no element below 6.0

The PhD is a three to four-year full-time programme, but it can also be completed part-time over five to six years.

Students can begin their PhD at any time of the year. It is most common to commence studies at the start of the normal academic year in late September.

There are no application deadlines. However, to allow time for us to process your application and ensure you have time to source funding (if required), we recommend that you apply by the following dates:

  • Malaysian applicants: No later than two months before you wish to start the programme.
  • International applicants: No later than four months before you wish to start the programme.

Malaysians: RM 27,000 per annum
International Students: RM 33,000 per annum

Malaysians: 45% discount on full-time fee
International Students: 45% discount on full-time fee

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