We’re the number one London modern university for overall score in Building (Complete University Guide 2021).
The wide range of research activities in our School, together with the mix of academic staff, post-doctoral research fellows and visiting professors, allows us to offer a stimulating and diverse environment.
Research in the area of construction management economics is carried out by specialist centres. Most academic staff belong to one or more of these and research students can expect to join a small team working on particular problems.
Research areas and themes where we are able to offer supervision include:
- Construction and project management
- Strategic management of property, facilities, and the built asset
- Economics of construction, property and housing
- Planning of the built asset and its environment
- Building information modelling, and IT in construction
- Managing People, risks, safety, and value
- Innovations, knowledge, and intangible assets
- Procurement and contracts
- Supply chains and networks
- Strategic IT in construction
- Managing data and its impact
- Modern methods of construction
- Housing and property investment
- Sustainability development
- Urban resilience
- Ageing research in the built and human environments
- Green construction
- Energy and resource efficiency
- Monitoring energy demands
- Energy assessment, measurement and performance of buildings
- Renewable energy in cities, communities and districts
- Disaster resilience
A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. As a research student you'll become part of our thriving academic community.
A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. A research degree is different from a taught course. Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team.
Research skills development
All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.
When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.
In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.
A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.
Research students are often sponsored to attend national and international conferences and to meet leading scientists in their fields and to present their research findings. The progress of all research students is formally monitored by the University's Research Degree Committee.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.