University of Greenwich: Architecture and Construction (MPhil/PhD)

InstitutionUniversity of Greenwich View institution profile
Department Built Environment
Study type Research


There are two main research groups in the school, The Sustainable Built Environment Research Group (SBERG) which includes Sustainable Landscapes and AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) which also includes research in graphic and digital design. Typically, students initially register for the MPhil. After approximately 12 to 18 months, students submit a comprehensive transfer report in order to be considered for transfer to PhD. If the transfer report and viva are accepted, the student is permitted to continue to completion of the PhD. Students complete a rigorous, organised and fulfilling programme of research study; develop high level transferable skills and knowledge that will be in demand by the academic community, business and industry, depending on the nature of the research. Students make a contribution to knowledge, advance business practice, influence policy or set standards in the wider community.

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Qualification MPhil
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

For registration on the MPhil, at least a good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a related field. Each case is considered on its merits.


Assessment is by thesis and an oral exam.


Content; sustainable buildings; sustainable environments; sustainable landscapes; design; graphic and digital design; AVATAR; research projects. Recent topics include: the impact of climate change in the UK on business organisations; community resilience to extreme weather; the use of sensor technology, artificial intelligence and wireless communications in the assessment of an oil pipeline's maintenance needs; GIS-based space planning for Ho Chi Minh City; sustainable landscape planting in the Negev Desert; corporate governance mechanisms and the impact on corporate performance: empirical studies of China's listed real estate companies; AVATAR investigates the full range of impacts for emerging and new technologies on architectural designs and encourages a critical mix of cultural, aesthetic and social agendas through design.

Location Greenwich Maritime Campus
Old Royal Naval College
Park Row
SE10 9LS

Contact details

Enquiry Unit

Telephone 020 8331 9000

Postgraduate Research Centre

Telephone 020 8331 9794

University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich is in the top 3% of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018) and has over 125 years’ experience in providing quality education. We welcome international students from more than 160 countries to our three campuses in and around London.  

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