Building Technology PhD

 
  

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Qualification
PhD Building Technology
Duration
Usually completed over a period of 3 years
Entry requirements
2.1 (or international equivalent) and / or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
October, December, February, April, or June
School/department
Faculty of Engineering
PhD
Other requirements
None

Research overview

Building technology focus on the strategies and systems used in buildings to ensure the comfort and wellbeing of occupants are met in a manner that acknowledges the need to use energy and other resources in a responsible manner. Subjects covered in this area of research include:

  • Low/zero carbon buildings
  • Eco-buildings; heat recovery systems 
  • Computer modelling and building physics 
  • Acoustics 
  • Lighting 
  • Heat transfer and 2-phase flow 
  • Building services (eg heating, refrigeration, air-conditioning) 
  • Indoor environmental quality (eg thermal comfort and air quality) 
  • Ventillation/natural ventillation 
  • Thermal modelling
  • Post occupancy evaluation 
  • Biomimetics

This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element). It is usually completed over a period of around three years.

 

Facilities

Students are equipped with additional tools for investigative analysis including computer facilities (with all the software you will need), building technologies laboratories and technical workshops, a digital fabrication suite and model making workshop.

The Marmont Centre for renewable energy houses research laboratories that are equipped with technologies including photovoltaic panels, solar collectors, light pipes, wind turbines and ground source pump heats.

The Sustainable Research Building (SRB) is designed to serve as an exemplar building, demonstrating state-of-the-art techniques for sustainable and environmentally responsible construction. You will also benefit from the use of laboratory, office, seminar and accommodation that have been configured to support a number of different heating, cooling and ventilation strategies. Integrated technologies include photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal collectors, wind turbines, combined heat and power systems, light pipes, self-cleaning windows and rain water collection systems.

The Creative Energy Home project is a showcase innovative, state-of-the-art energy efficient home of the future. The project aims to stimulate sustainable design ideas and promote new ways of providing affordable, environmentally sustainable housing that are innovated in their design. Several international companies including EoN, BASF and Tarmac have provided funding for the project.

The workshop facilities include a model-making facility and digital fabrication suite with 3D router, 3D printer and laser cutter.

 

Research support

Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each PhD student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors. We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps who are available if you have a query about procedures relating to research study, are concerned about your progress or the facilities available.

All PhD students are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme, this is a structured programme of training drawing on formal external frameworks such as Joint Skills Statement , the Research Development Framework (RDF) and the Research Council guidance. The Engineering and Science Research Council (EPSRC) has recognised our Faculty programme as a sector leading standard of postgraduate research development and training.

The faculty has excellent links with industry and will ensure you develop transferable skills that will be of benefit in a variety of careers. You will also have access to the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme.

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area.

Engineering supervisors, including their research interests and contact details, can be found on our find a PhD supervisor page.

Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z.

 

Funding

UK/EU Students

Details on Faculty funding opportunities, how to apply and deadlines can be found on the Faculty of Engineering website.

Government loans for doctoral study

The Government recently introduced doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England.

Doctoral training programmes

Linked to research councils, doctoral training programmes offer funding opportunities connected to our research priorities.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers

The faculty has excellent links with industry and will ensure you develop transferable skills that will be of benefit in a variety of careers. You will also have access to the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme. As an example, a number of our graduates have gone on to work for E.ON, Malvern Instruments, Shell Nigeria Exploration Company and Unilever Ghana.

Students within the faculty have gone onto be production managers and directors, IT and telecommunications professionals, business, research and administrative professionals, science, engineering and production technicians, natural and social science professionals, teaching and educational professionals, as well as various other engineering roles.*

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.  

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

 
 
 
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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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