awards, and duration of study
On registration, all candidates join other members of their cohort in a single ‘doctorate in the built environment’ programme. Successful completion of the programme entitles candidates to receive the Doctor of the Built Environment (DBEnv) award.
At the time of submitting their thesis candidates may instead elect to receive one of two alternative discipline-specific doctoral awards. Depending on the subject of their thesis they may therefore choose to be awarded either the Doctor of Real Estate (DRealEst), or the Doctor of Construction Management (DConstMgt).
Those requiring the more
theoretical, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD),
are also able to graduate with this
award if they have so-elected on successful
completion of year 2 of their studies.
The doctorate is a research degree, awarded on the basis of a thesis and associated viva voce (oral examination). As such, there can strictly be no prescribed programme duration as individual candidates will take varying amounts of time to complete their thesis.
The programme is however nominally of five years’ duration. Experience suggests that this is a realistic time-scale for diligent candidates to achieve the necessary standard of work through part-time study, whilst also maintaining a reasonable balance in the rest of their lives.
Some determined and well-organised candidates will undoubtedly graduate well within the five year period. Others will choose to take longer than five years. But it’s not a race - the examiners will ultimately assess the quality of the finished thesis rather than the time taken to produce it. Within reason the pace of one’s doctoral research should therefore be tailored to one’s individual inclinations and circumstances.
The structure of the programme is shown in the diagram below. If this is not sufficiently clear when viewed through your browser, an A4 sized PDF version can be downloaded here.