Key Information

Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years

Part-time

MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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Course Code

CNSMGTRP

MPhil/PhD Construction Science and Management

The Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment is based in an award-winning building designed by Rick Mather.

Key Information

Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years

Part-time

MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

CNSMGTRP

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Dr Saad Sarhan - Programme Leader

Dr Saad Sarhan - Programme Leader

Dr Saad Sarhan is a programme leader and senior lecturer in Construction Management. He is actively researching on latest trends in lean construction, construction project procurement, and sustainable construction. He has recently won the 2019/20 Building and Civil Engineering Charitable Trust's Occupational Health Research Award, an annual grant of twenty-five thousand pounds for research benefiting the UK construction industry.

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Welcome to MPhil/PhD Construction Science and Management

Researchers in the Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment contribute to an interdisciplinary community working to advance knowledge and to address the emerging challenges facing the built environment industry. This programme is designed to support the career development of future construction science and management leaders.

MPhil/PhD Construction Science and Management is supported by the School's research themes, which include construction science, technology, materials, and management. Within this very broad area we examine issues such as climate change, innovations in construction science, contemporary and traditional building materials and techniques, fabrication efficiency, and the management of the construction process.

How You Study

Research students normally have two internal supervisors with specialist knowledge of their subject areas, and have regular meetings with them for advice, monitoring, and other support. Students are introduced to relevant research methods through taught units and are encouraged to give presentations in postgraduate seminars, which are held regularly throughout the year.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisor, but the frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of programme.

Research areas in the School can include construction science and management; sustainable built environments; cultural, social, and spatial characteristics of the built environment and communities; history and theory of architecture; urban design; and environmental design.

A structured programme of research skills training is designed to enable students to develop the competencies required for research and potential careers in research. Assessment normally takes place in the form of the submission of a final written research thesis.

An experienced supervisory team is appointed to offer expertise, support, and guidance on research and can support students in applying for funding, attending conferences, and publishing work. There may also be opportunities to contribute to teaching in the School, following appropriate training.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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How you are assessed

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of the student’s thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

First or upper second class Honours degree in a relevant subject.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Research Areas, Projects and Topics

Key areas of interest include:

  • Environmental design
  • Construction science and technology
  • Energy, carbon, and buildings
  • Procurement of sustainable buildings
  • Health, comfort, and wellbeing
  • Material innovations
  • Conservation of heritage buildings
  • Modern methods of construction
  • Digital engineering in construction
  • BIM and integrated project delivery
  • Construction project management
  • Lean construction
  • Construction procurement
  • Social value in construction

Career and Personal Development

The global construction market is forecast to grow by more than 70% by 2050 and the industry needs to be prepared for this challenge. On a global level we are facing unprecedented challenges and changes. Changes in climate, technology, urbanisation, population dynamics, and governance require innovative leadership from built environment professionals in order to adapt appropriately.

The UK is renowned for its expertise in architecture and innovations in building technology and engineering, and leads the world in sustainable construction. On a global scale, during the next 20 years, urban growth will require over a billion more people to be accommodated in cities. We therefore recognise the need to develop new strategies for the mass production of a cost effective, flexible, adaptable, and sustainable built environment.

Environmental, social, and economic considerations drive what we build and how we build. There is significant pressure to improve the energy and carbon performance of existing buildings and to provide skills and knowledge in this area to construction professionals.

This programme is designed to support the career development of future construction science and management leaders and there are career prospects and opportunities in the UK and internationally in this rapidly growing field.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.
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