PhD Programme

University College London - Faculty of the Built Environment

The Bartett School of Construction and Project Management

PhD Programme

The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management (University College London), invites applications to its PhD Programme from ambitious, intellectually curious and exceptionally qualified students with a background in any discipline of the social sciences (management, economics, psychology, sociology, and so on). We offer a number of studentships that cover programme fees and living costs for the entire duration of the programme (three years). Students with studentships will be expected to contribute approx. 25% of their time to duties related to the department.


We are one of the world’s very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings. Currently, we are 7th in the QS World University Rankings (2016/17), and 3rd in Europe in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic World Rankings (2016). We are a world leader in research, with outstanding results in the UK Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). UCL is a multidisciplinary university that encourages interdisciplinary exchange and the cross-fertilisation of ideas at all levels of study.

Our School

The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management is a leading international centre for interdisciplinary research in enterprise management, project management, economics, and finance of the built environment. We are part of The Bartlett Faculty of The Built Environment, the top research institution in its field in the UK (REF2014).

Our Programme

We are proud with the diversity of our programme, both in terms of interdisciplinary research domains and student background. The programme is designed to support high-quality academic research and prepares students for careers as faculty members in top academic institutions. Our PhD students conduct research in the following areas:

  • Enterprise and Project Management

These are management and organisation studies broadly intended as to comprise areas such as strategic management, innovation, project management, leadership and organisational behaviour, and so on. The School has a strong tradition of carrying out management and organisation research in the built environment (project-based firms, construction projects, complex and mega projects, infrastructure, governance, quantity surveying, building information modelling, digital transformation, supply chain, social networks, project-based networks, organisational, social and consumer psychology, sustainability, and professionalism).

  • Economics and Finance of the Built Environment

These include construction economics, infrastructure economics and finance, real estate economics and finance, real estate development, housing, climate change economics, development economics, public economics, economic history, behavioural economics, big data.

The programme emphasises close faculty-student collaboration in research and involves a variety of research seminars and training activities that equip students with advanced research skills and competences. Students take part in research events and meetings with academics and practitioners and contribute to a thriving academic community. Students funded by the School contribute to teaching and related duties for approximately 25% of their time.


Applications are currently open until January 31, 2018 (later applications may be considered in exceptional circumstances). Prospective students must apply online. All applications will be automatically considered for the studentship, unless the applicant indicates in the personal statement the intention to opt out.

For further information please contact Sarah Pepperell, PhD Programme Administrator (

Qualifications: Candidates should possess the following requirements:

  • A high quality Master's degree in fields such as economics, management, finance, real estate, construction management, maths, statistics, psychology, etc.
  • Excellent academic record (top 10% of their class)
  • Proficiency in English,
  • At least two academic letters of reference
  • A personal statement including explicit interest and motivation for scientific research, the motivation in the choice of the selected topic and statements about the future contribution to the research and teaching activities to the department,
  • Research proposal,
  • Up-to-date CV.


Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management
1-19 Torrington Place
London, WC1E 7HB
Ms Sarah Pepperrell,

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