Eligibility, fees, and how to apply


Candidates must demonstrate that they have the potential to make the necessary doctoral-level contribution to knowledge within their field. This requires a combination of previous academic and professional achievement and will typically be demonstrated by the possession of:

It is however recognised that the requisite potential may also be demonstrated in other ways. If in doubt about your eligibility for the programme please contact me to discuss your particular circumstances. You will find my
contact information on the home page.


Fees for the 2015/16 academic session are £3,900 p.a. for candidates in years 1 and 2, dropping to £2,026 p.a. in years 3, 4 and 5. Fees are then charged at the same level in subsequent years, subject to an annual adjustment in line with inflation.


If paying by direct debit the annual fee can be paid in five equal instalments on 25th October, November, December, January and February.

The University provides some advice about sources of funding for postgraduate studies here. However, I am not aware of any external bursaries or special loan arrangements which are available for this programme. In practice, all our existing candidates are either self-funded or funded by their employer.

Applying for a place on the programme

There is only one intake of candidates per year. The next intake is in October 2015 (with the first workshop taking place on Saturday 10th October 2015).

Paul Chynoweth

Programme Leader

“We are currently accepting applications for our 2015/16 intake of candidates who will attend their first workshop on Saturday 10th October 2015. There will not then be another intake until October 2016. Eligibility for the programme is determined according to previous academic and professional track record, with the expectation that candidates will normally have a degree, a professional qualification, and a minimum of three years’ relevant professional experience. However, an appetite for self-discovery and personal development, a willingness to challenge convention and established wisdom, and a capacity for critical thinking, self-reflection and sheer hard work are equally important attributes. Please contact me if you have any queries about your eligibility, or about any other aspect of the programme.”

We are now accepting applications for the October 2015 intake.



Submitting your application


Applications should be made through the University's online application portal via the link below. Please print off and read the following guidance carefully before starting the application process. Your application will be delayed if it is incomplete in any way .


You can complete the application in phases. However, before finally submitting your application, you will need to upload electronic copies of the following documents so you should ensure that you have these to hand:

  1. A copy of your CV;

  2. Copies of your academic and professional certificates;
  3. Copies of official transcripts showing the marks awarded per module in recently-awarded degrees and other qualifications (if these are unavailable - for example because you completed your studies many years ago - please simply include a short covering letter explaining this);
  4. (Unless you arrange for your referees to send these to us directly) two completed references from academic referees commenting on their opinion of your capacity for doctoral level study. Please discuss this with me if it is difficult to obtain academic reference, for example because of the length of time that has elapsed since your last period of academic study.
  5. A copy of the relevant page(s) of your passport for identification purposes.
  6. A Word file containing the working title of your proposed research project, when requested to upload your research proposal. For this programme you must insert the title of your research when prompted to do so but there is no requirement to provide a research proposal as you will develop this during your first year of studies. Unfortunately the University's system doesn't understand this and won't let you proceed unless you have uploaded something - hence the  need for the Word file. Please also contact me to discuss the title of your research before completing the form. If you can email a 300 word summary of your intended research to me in advance I will suggest a suitable title for inclusion in the online form.

Once you have registered and entered the portal you should check the "Doctorate (PhD)" box

and then search for, and select, the following named course title:

Professional Doctorate in the Built Environment


You can then work through the various sections of the online application form at your leisure. Before you submit your application you will be able to print off a PDF copy for your records. If you can email a copy of this to me, together with electronic copies of all supporting documentation as soon as you submit the application I will monitor its progress for you in order to prevent delays.



Applications should be made online here



Please don't hesitate to contact me for advice about any aspect of the application process. The University asks applicants to refer any technical difficulties with the application process to enquiries@salford.ac.uk (but please also copy me in, in case I am also able to assist).