World leading - internationally excellent research impact and research environment to pursue doctoral studies
The Built Environment Research Institute is Ulster University's principal focus for research activities relating to the sustainable development, management, regulation and conservation of the built environment. The quality of the research in the Built Environment was recognised as 100% world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of the research environment and research impact in REF2014. The main areas of research activity are carried out within distinct research groups, which also collaborate in joint research activities. The Recognised Research Groupings within the Unit of Assessment are:
- Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT)
- Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
- Centre for Research on Property and Planning (RPP)
- Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research (HySAFER)
- Studies Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER)
Postgraduate research opportunities are available within each research group, in the areas of Built Environment, Energy, Civil Engineering, Fire Engineering, Highway Engineering, Construction, Property, Real Estate, Planning, Housing and detailed information including project titles and supervisors is published when the PhD recruitment round opens in December.
Based at the Jordanstown campus, the Built Environment Research Institute seeks to provide its research students with a lively and stimulating environment for their studies. Extensive experimental laboratory research facilities, established over many years of investment and complemented by high end computational facilities, are available within each of the research centres. The fire research building provides a unique series of laboratories for the study of fire safety engineering science. Research facilities for the Centre for Sustainable Technologies provide a state of the art environment for the study of energy systems and markets, renewable energies and energy technologies. There is a strong practical focus on the delivery of low carbon building solutions with technical performance and social acceptance being tested on instrumented houses.
All of the research groups have active involvement in both national and international programmes with networks involving a wide range of visiting researchers and scholars.
As a full time student, the expectation is that you will work on your project on a daily basis, either on or off campus as agreed with your supervisor. You will be entitled to 40 days holiday per annum.
Part time students are expected to meet with their supervisors on a regular basis, most usually this would be monthly but this is dependent on the project area.