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MPhil/PhD Construction Science and Management

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.

The Course

Researchers in the Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment contribute to an interdisciplinary community working to advance knowledge and to address 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.

The Course

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.

Key areas of interest include:

  • Environmental design
  • Construction science and technology
  • Energy, carbon and buildings
  • Integration of structure, services and fabric
  • Health, comfort and wellbeing
  • Renewable energy and smart grids
  • Material innovations
  • Conservation of heritage buildings
  • Digital engineering
  • Building Information Management
  • Procurement of sustainable buildings
  • Modern methods of construction
  • Population dynamics and the built environment
  • Ecology and natural architecture
  • Lean construction
  • Construction procurement systems
  • Supply-chain management
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 to postgraduate seminars, which are held regularly throughout the year.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

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

A structured programme of research skills training is designed to enable you to develop the competencies you require for your 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 your research and can support you in applying for funding, attending conferences and publishing your work. There may be opportunities to contribute to teaching in the School, following appropriate training.

Assessment is via the submission of a final thesis which is assessed by internal and external examiners, and will culminate in the student undergoing a viva voce oral examination.
2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

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.

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
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.

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.
2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

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.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Professor Stephen Pretlove

Dr Saad Sarhan

Programme Leader

Dr Sarhan is Programme Leader for the MPhil/PhD in Construction Science and Management. Saad has a background in civil engineering. He is actively researching the latest trends in lean construction, construction project procurement, the concept of waste in construction, and work related to improving supply chain efficiency.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

The global construction market is forecast to grow by more than 70% by 2050 and we need 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 developing and growing field.

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.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Lincoln’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment is located in an award-winning building. Teaching takes place in bespoke studios, information technology suites, and workshops, which are equipped with a range of specialist resources including rapid prototyping and laser-cutting equipment.

As part of the undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes in Construction Science and Management we have a specialist Construction Science Laboratory which is equipped with specialist equipment that is used to evaluate a wide range of environmental issues related to the built environment.


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.