A step-by-step route to a doctorate for those with significant experience in the built environment professions.

Information Days (June 2015)      Some photographs

Hello, and welcome to my website. I am the programme leader for the built environment professional doctorate at the University of Salford. This programme provides a structured part-time route to a doctorate for experienced property, construction, architectural and housing professionals.

Based on my conversations with potential doctoral candidates over the last few years I have prepared the website to provide some answers to the questions most often asked – about professional doctorates in general, and about the Salford programme in particular.

I hope you find it informative but please let me know if you would like any further information about studying for your doctorate.

You can contact me at p.chynoweth@salford.ac.uk or on my mobile number: +44 (0) 7970 39 2008. Alternatively, please come along to one of our informal drop-in information days during June 2015.

A copy of the programme brochure can be downloaded here.

Dr Paul Chynoweth
Programme Leader, Doctorate in the Built Environment
University of Salford


Welcome to the Salford Research Community

At Salford we regard our professional doctorate candidates as research colleagues, as well as students. As soon as you register you become a valued member of a thriving, and highly regarded, international research community. This will provide you with unique opportunities to interact with leading specialists in the discipline worldwide, and to play an active part in the development of knowledge within the field. In the process you will discover new ways of working, writing and thinking, as well as making many new friends along the way.

All our professional doctorate candidates pursue their studies within the University’s prestigious Built Environment Research Group. The Group - the largest in the UK - has an enviable reputation worldwide, and has consistently been rated as the best centre for built environment research in successive UK government research assessment exercises.


Significant numbers of our current candidates have already presented papers at international research conferences, including the annual RICS COBRA Conference which takes place every September in a variety of locations around the world. And in due course all candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate real leadership in their subject by publishing the findings of their research within some of the most reputable international peer-reviewed research journals within the field.

Paul Chynoweth

Programme Leader

“The doctorate in the built environment provides an achievable route for experienced built environment professionals to gain a doctorate in a subject related to their professional expertise. It will appeal to current practitioners, and to those working, or aspiring to work, in academia following a career in practice. It provides an induction into doctoral level research in a friendly and supportive environment where candidates study with others from similar professional backgrounds. The programme provides a logical step-by-step approach to achieving a doctorate which allows candidates to make maximum use of existing knowledge, and thereby to reduce study time. Distance learning study is supplemented by occasional workshop sessions in Central Manchester, making the programme suitable for professionals based throughout the UK, the Republic of Ireland or Continental Europe.”