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MPhil Built Environment


Course Description

A research degree is essentially a period of intensive, supervised, research work in your chosen area. It builds on your previous academic or professional experience. We value and support our students who are a vital contribution to the intellectual life of the University.

The programme is based on your individual requirements. You can also design it around your employer’s requirements or research and development programmes.

Your research can cover any aspect of the built environment in a UK or international context. Dedicated supervisors, associated with UK and international research, provide support.

Research areas include:
-Architecture and building science.
-Building surveying.
-Construction and project management.
-Surveying, property appraisal and real estate.
-Environmental sustainability.

Research and learning modules also support your study. We have an established research track record, attracting over £400,000 funding each year from research councils and industry. Our £3.5 million investment means we can offer some of the best specialist computing and laboratory facilities in the UK.

Our facilities aid the effective teaching of our built environment courses. They create a successful environment for research activities and allow us to provide invaluable services to business. There are specialist laboratories for research and study, supported by technicians and academic staff. We also have seven computer suites running specialist software.

Our architecture studios are fitted with drawing boards and networked PCs with AutoCAD software. We also have an artificial sky for daylight testing with miniature model photography.

This degree is hosted within the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School. The Graduate School website provides a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, information about our research work, and useful contact information.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mphilphd-built-environment

Course structure

Note: this course can be developed into a PhD. For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mphilphd-built-environment

Full time – MPhil typically 2 years, PhD (including 1 year of MPhil registration) typically 3 years, PhD direct typically 2 years. You study for at least 35 hours a week on average.
Part time – MPhil typically 2 years, PhD (including 2 years of MPhil registration) typically 7 years. You study at least 15 hours a week on average.
Starts October or January.

Course design
The research programme is based on your individual requirements. You can also design it around your employer’s requirements or research and development programmes.

Assessment: research programme submitted for approval by the University's Research Degrees Committee, report and oral presentation for the confirmation of PhD stage, submission of thesis and viva.

Visit the MPhil Built Environment page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good first degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) to register for MPhil only or MPhil with the possibility of transfer to PhD. Only holders of a relevant masters degree, which had a substantial research training element, can apply for direct PhD registration. IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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