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World leading - internationally excellent research impact and research environment to pursue doctoral studies

Summary

The Built Environment Research Institute is Ulster University’s principal focus for research activities relating to the sustainable development, management, regulation and conservation of the built environment. The quality of the research in the Built Environment was recognised as 100% world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of the research environment and research impact in REF2014. The main areas of research activity are carried out within distinct research groups, which also collaborate in joint research activities. The Recognised Research Groupings within the Unit of Assessment are:

  • Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT)
  • Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
  • Centre for Research on Property and Planning (RPP)
  • Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research (HySAFER)
  • Studies Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER)

Postgraduate research opportunities are available within each research group, in the areas of Built Environment, Energy, Civil Engineering, Fire Engineering, Highway Engineering, Construction, Property, Real Estate, Planning, Housing and detailed information including project titles and supervisors is published when the PhD recruitment round opens in December.

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About this course

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About

Based at the Jordanstown campus, the Built Environment Research Institute seeks to provide its research students with a lively and stimulating environment for their studies. Extensive experimental laboratory research facilities, established over many years of investment and complemented by high end computational facilities, are available within each of the research centres. The fire research building provides a unique series of laboratories for the study of fire safety engineering science. Research facilities for the Centre for Sustainable Technologies provide a state of the art environment for the study of energy systems and markets, renewable energies and energy technologies. There is a strong practical focus on the delivery of low carbon building solutions with technical performance and social acceptance being tested on instrumented houses.

All of the research groups have active involvement in both national and international programmes with networks involving a wide range of visiting researchers and scholars.

Attendance

As a full time student, the expectation is that you will work on your project on a daily basis, either on or off campus as agreed with your supervisor. You will be entitled to 40 days holiday per annum.

Part time students are expected to meet with their supervisors on a regular basis, most usually this would be monthly but this is dependent on the project area.

How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

You will need to hold a First of Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant to your chosen project to be able to apply.

If you have obtained an undergraduate degree from a non-UK institution, we can advise you on how it compares to the UK system.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for research degree programmes is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. This is the only acceptable certificate for those requiring to obtain a Tier 4 visa.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Although academia is considered to be the most obvious path for any PhD holder, with around two thirds of our graduates remaining in the Higher Education or Research sectors, the degree also paves way for a career in industries centred on research and innovation.

PhD graduates are recognised by employers to hold valuable transferrable skills, as the nature of the degree trains candidates in creativity, critical inquiry, problem solving, negotiation skills, professionalism and confidence.

The most recent Ulster survey of PhD graduates found that 92% had secured employment within the first year since graduation (HESA Destination of Leavers Survey 2015).

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How to apply

Ulster University welcomes applications from all sections of the community and from persons with disabilities. It is University policy to assess all applications using academic criteria and on the basis of equality of opportunity and you should be assured that reasonable adjustments will be made should you require them.

Once you have selected your chosen project from the lists available on the Faculty pages, you are advised to make contact with the named supervisor on the project as they will be able to guide you in writing your research proposal.

You should then apply using our online application system: ulster.ac.uk/applyonline

Fees and funding

A number of funded scholarships are available across the University each year for PhD projects. Applications for studentships will be considered on a competitive basis with regard to the candidate's qualifications, skills, experience and interests.

Sources of funding

Fees (per annum)

Full Time:

Home and EU £4195

Overseas £13760

Part Time:

Home and EU £1490

Home and EU (with External Sponsor paying fees) £2130

Overseas £7840

Distance Research Study (Home and EU) £6390

Research facilities and groups

Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT)

The Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT) seeks to improve building practices and reduce the human and economic costs of unwanted fires. The Centre performs and supports field and analytical research on the performance of construction materials, components, systems and practices and identifies and quantifies the fundamental processes underlying the initiation, propagation and suppression of fires.

FireSERT’s research areas and services to industry include: structural fire engineering; fire dynamics; behaviour of construction components in fire; human behaviour in fire; fire simulation modelling; evacuation modelling; fire safety engineering design; risk assessment; safety audits; fire testing and product development. Research in FireSERT is focused on the areas of Fire Dynamics and Materials, Structural Fire Engineering, Fire Modelling and Human Behaviour in Fire.

Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)

The Centre for Sustainable Technologies carries out multi-disciplinary research to create, develop, improve, demonstrate and evaluate emerging, existing and alternative sustainable renewable energy, building design, construction materials and environmental modification technologies. Extensive computational facilities and well equipped laboratories enable research to be undertaken at the forefront of the field.

CST undertakes both fundamental and applied research in the areas of: Advanced Glazing, Thermal Energy Storage, Advanced Heat Pumps, Techno-Economic Assessment of New Power Plants, Assessment of Future Energy Demands, Biomass and Bioenergy, Solar Thermal and PV Systems.

Centre for Research on Property and Planning (RPP)

The Centre for Research on Property and Planning focuses upon the evaluation of property market performance, investment decision-making and analysis, computer-assisted valuation models, the application of GIS, the reform and modernisation of planning policy, strategic spatial planning, land use planning and urban sustainability, the appraisal of urban regeneration initiatives, housing and land use policies, systems of land and property taxation, econometric analysis, user-requirements and facilities management.

RPP undertakes research in the following areas: Property Market Analysis, Valuation, Housing, Property Taxation, Corporate Real Estate, Emerging Markets, Property Investment, Urban Regeneration, Planning Sustainability and Development, Transportation Analysis and Modelling, Modernisation and Reform of Planning Legislation, Planning Policy and Processes, including Community Engagement, Community Planning, Civic Leadership, Marine Spatial Planning, Infrastructure Investment, Infrastructure Resilience and Urban Security.

Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research (HySAFER)

The HySAFER Centre is an international team of researchers working in an emerging multi- disciplinary area of hydrogen safety science and engineering. The thrust in research is on computational fluid dynamics (CFD), in particular on development and validation of large eddy simulation (LES), and analytical methods. Generic research topics include but not limited to hydrogen under-expanded jets, dispersion in the open atmosphere and enclosures, spontaneous ignition of sudden hydrogen releases into air, under-ventilated jet fires and self- extinction phenomena, interaction between fires and structures, coherent deflagrations, large scale non-uniform deflagrations and transition from deflagration-to-detonation, detonations and blast waves, thermal protection of high-pressure hydrogen storage.

Pre-normative research includes practically the whole spectrum of hydrogen and fuel cell applications and infrastructure, including safety of hydrogen-powered vehicles, stationary fuel cell systems for production heat and power, refuelling stations, tunnels, garages and car parking.

Studies Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER)

SABER a new research centre within BERI formed in January 2015 was created to stimulate a research environment across a wide range of areas within the Built Environment. Areas of research include BIM, bridge scour, built environment education, concrete, engineered timber performance, environmental health, extreme weather, geopolymer, geotechnics, health and safety, hydraulics food security, nano / micro / macro-scale material characterisation, noise impacts procurement, resilience of critical infrastructure, road surface materials and tribology, sustainability in the built environment, waste water and sewerage treatment. Being a new research centre, SABER members are actively developing networking and opportunities for joint research proposals and publications with other universities around the world.

Staff research areas

Professor A Adair

(Property Performance Measurement, Infrastructure, Wealth Creation Strategies and Regeneration) Recent projects include global infrastructure financing Strategies and property performance measurement.

Professor F Ali

(Structural Fire Engineering, Numerical Modelling and Thermo-structural Response in Fire) Recent projects include performance of steel and reinforced concrete structures in fire using experimental and numerical modelling methods of research. The work focused on reducing explosive spalling of concrete under fire.

Professor J N Berry

(Real Estate Economics, Regeneration, Property Development and Finance) Recent projects include measurement and benchmarking of regeneration performance; financing vehicles in regeneration; development appraisal, risk analysis, and option pricing of mixed use developments; real estate markets and value creation; special purpose vehicles for financial contraction and distressed property assets.

Dr N Blair

(Spatial planning policy, cross-border strategic planning) Recent projects include rural restructuring on the island of Ireland, cross-border planning on the island of Ireland for local economic development, housing and neighbourhood statistics, impact of the Review of Public Administration (RPA) on cross-border spatial on the island of Ireland, entrepreneurship in planning education, planning in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr C Brandoni

(Water and Energy nexus, Energy Management, Renewable Energy Integration) Recent projects include the optimal integration of renewable energy systems in wastewater treatment plants to reduce their carbon footprint; study on how renewable and energy efficiency technologies can address the energy challenge of an aging population; optimal integrated solutions for energy storage, the electrification of heat and transport at a domestic level.

Dr K E Boyce

(Response and Evacuation Behaviour of People in Fire) Recent projects have involved characterisation of building occupancies, evacuation capabilities, response and behaviour of the physically and mentally impaired, investigation into the evacuation experiences of those evacuating WTC towers on 9/11, characteristics of merging behaviour on stairs, attitudes and concerns of people with disabilities regarding life safety options, investigation of circumstances and behaviours in dwelling fires in NI.

Dr S L Brennan

(Safety of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies) Recent projects include installation permitting guidance for small stationary and fuel cell applications and simulation of large scale hydrogen jet fires.

Dr S Choi

(Structural Fire Engineering) Recent projects include understanding of intumescent coating in fire, in terms of numerical and experimental approaches. The work focused on developing a design method of intumescent coating to be applied for structural steelworks.

Mr P Clarke

Reader in architecture and educator with experience in using documentary filmmaking and the professional interview as research methods. His research interests are centred on the reflexive and reflective processes and practices in architectural design: including that of architectural pedagogy, the agency of urban narratives in the reciprocal relationship between a building and a city, and in particular the role and value of hand-drawing and the sketchbook in contemporary creative practice.

Mr D Comiskey

Senior Lecturer in Architectural Technology and a multi award winning academic. His research interests relate to the area of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in both education and professional practice.

Mr D Coyles

Architect and Lecturer. David is principal investigator on the AHRC funded Cartographies of Conflict research project. His research investigates the political use of architecture, with particular focus on military and paramilitary contexts. David leads the Space and Place research-cluster and is Course Director of the Master of Architecture.

Dr P Davis

(Property valuation, investment, development and asset management) Specialises in providing research, consultancy and training solutions for property taxation in developing/ transitional jurisdictions, the creation of property market indices and advising Housing Associations on investment and development strategy. Research projects include urban security, resilience, disaster recovery on critical infrastructure protection.

Dr K Davison

Recent projects include an investigation into the complex relationship between religious buildings, identity and attachment in Belfast and the relationship between religious buildings and the shaping of children's identities in Northern Ireland.

Mr L Dawe

Lecturer in Architectural Technology, Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Dr R Eadie

(Construction Management and Procurement) Recent projects include production of an e-procurement e-capability maturity model for construction organisations and AI techniques in procurement in construction.

Dr S Golden

Lecturer in Architecture and Spatial Design, and Course Director for BDes Hons Interior Design, Saul has international architectural practice, research, and teaching expertise. Saul’s doctoral thesis, Beyond Architecture: Other Influences on Approaches to Practice and Urban Space, examines the changing nature of architecture practice, and changing roles architects undertake as critical spatial practitioners. His research promotes cross-disciplinary/ cross-sector engagement across architecture and urban design related to sustainable shared urban spaces, health and wellbeing amongst ageing populations, critical spatial practice, and design pedagogy.

Dr A Grant

Research Associate in Conflict Cities, Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Professor P W Griffiths

(Low Carbon Buildings, Thermal Energy Storage) Recent projects include thermal energy storage in PassivHaus dwellings, thermal comfort in refurbished dwellings, phase change material energy storage and transport.

Professor M Haran

(Real Estate Development & Investment, Regeneration, Infrastructure Investment and Finance) Recent projects include the development of a commercial property performance index for Northern Ireland in collaboration with MSCI, an exploration of innovative financial models for funding regeneration, an evaluation of the role of listed real funds within a multi-asset investment portfolio as well as leading the RICS commissioned research examining the role of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in addressing the global infrastructure investment gap.

Dr L Hemphill

(Sustainable Development & Urban Regeneration) Recent projects include urban governance; sustainability indicators and measurement within urban regeneration projects; RICS commissioned research into international property valuation standards and practice in emerging and established markets; and an international comparative review of residential property measurement practice and standards

Professor N J Hewitt

(Heat Exchanger, Heat Pump and Refrigeration System Design) Recent projects include new heat pump and refrigeration technologies and the integration of new and renewable energy in buildings.

Dr M J Huang

(Renewable Energy, Heat pump and refrigeration) Recent projects include building- integrated photovoltaics, renewable energy development for buildings; heat pump system optimization and development of numerical simulation models for renewable energy systems.

Dr Y Huang

(Clean Technologies with Fossil Fuels and Biomass, Process Modelling and Techno-economic Analysis) Recent projects include technoeconomic analysis of clean coal power plants, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) with fossil fuels, biomass combustion and gasification systems and the application of trigeneration and energy storage.

Dr T J Hyde

(Advanced glazing and insulation systems, solar thermal technologies, energy efficient buildings) Recent projects include the development of advanced low heat loss vacuum glazing systems, concentrating photovoltaic evacuated glazing, retrofitting of vacuum and insulation systems into buildings and development of a flat evacuated solar collector suitable for building integration.

Dr M Keenan

(Housing, Housing Management, Housing Policy, Older People, Race) Recent projects include the housing needs of older people in Northern Ireland, specifically in relation to a role of Home Improvement Agencies; social housing allocations in Northern Ireland; sustainable communities in Ireland and the identification of shared future neighbourhoods.

Dr L C Lim

(Global real estate market, valuation, property tax policy and assessment) Recent projects include institutional benchmark for international real estate investment; review of policy on location of public sector jobs; property tax assessment in transitional countries; valuation process improvement and reengineering. RICS commissioned research into international property valuation standards and practice in emerging and established markets; and an international comparative review of residential property measurement practice and standards.

Mr C Mackel

Associate Senior Lecturer in Architecture. Mackel’s impact work includes: founder member and current board member of PLACE (Architecture and Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland); Chairman of Gaeltacht Quarter (community regeneration agency); Board member of Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation, and architect and urban design advisor to the Ministerial Advisory Group of the Department for Communities. Mackel’s research work has focussed on detailed study of the interface walls in Belfast and the regenerative and architectural possibilities in the making of new ground and his practice includes cultural and community projects and current investigations into city centre living.

Dr B J Magee

(Materials/structures/highway engineering) Recent projects include investigating the performance of innovative composite materials such as high performance glass reinforced concrete and basalt fibre reinforced materials and the suitability of geopolymer cement concrete for applications in the highway environment.

Dr D Makarov

(Fire and Explosion Safety, Hydrogen Safety Science and Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics) Recent and ongoing projects include development of European installation permitting guidelines for indoor hydrogen usage, digital and numerical tools for European hydrogen and fuel cell research infrastructure, safety strategies for onboard hydrogen storage, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Model Evaluation Protocol for safety analysis of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Research interests concentrate at fundamental and applied research for hydrogen safety – hazards assessment using CFD; developing models for Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of safety-related problems; hydrogen releases and combustion including fires, deflagrations and detonations.

Dr C McAleenan

Lecturer and researcher in Safety Engineering and Disaster management with specific interests in Civic Ecology and Life Infrastructure (CELI – a sub group of SABER); Integrating Prevention through Design (PtD) thinking into the design and construction of engineering projects; Disaster Prevention/ Post-disaster Recovery and Modelling organisation cultural maturity.

Dr S McClements

(Infrastructure Investment and Development) Recent research activities include, investigating the public private partnership paradigm, including the infrastructure investment challenges, innovative models of funding infrastructure projects and stakeholder collaboration, to derive maximum wide-reaching benefits of infrastructure investment for all in society.

Dr N C McConnell

(Response and Evacuation Behaviour including Psychological and Neurobehavioural Impact of People in Fire) Recent projects involved determining the attitudes and concerns of people with disabilities regarding life safety options in multi-storey buildings and investigation of circumstances and behaviours in dwelling fires in NI. Capabilities, response and behaviour of occupants in entertainment facilities to initiating evacuation. Development of fire safety programme for the older adult and people with intellectual and development disabilities. Other projects involve psychological/neurobehavioural impact of being involved in a domestic fire incident and evacuation experiences of those involved in the WTC towers on 9/11.

Dr M McCord

(Property Market Analysis, Investment and Econometrics) Recent projects include innovative financial modelling and investment portfolio and fund analysis, infrastructure and real estate finance, energy performance and property tax, spatialeconometric market analysis, property valuation and housing market affordability.

Professor S McGreal

(Property Market Analysis, Regeneration and Housing) Recent projects include financing regeneration, PPPs, benchmarking of performance returns in regeneration areas, housing market sales performance, rental markets, housing and neighbourhood statistics.

Mr S. MacIntyre

(Environmental Protection and Spatial Planning) Recent projects and publications include a book chapter examining Environmental Protection and its Relationship with Spatial Planning together with research into the impact on house prices of factors such as religious segregation, amenities and energy performance.

Dr P Millar

(Civil Engineering: Land Surveying and GIS) Recent research projects include non-contact evaluation of highway surfacing textures, GIS based highway condition surveys, 3D modelling of asphalt surfacings using close range photogrammetry and laser, race track surface texture properties and tyre/road interfacial studies.

Professor V Molkov

(Hydrogen Safety Science and Engineering, Fire and Explosion Safety) Recent projects include fundamental and industrydriven studies in safety, including explosion-free composite tanks with for storage of gas at high pressures, dynamics of pressure and thermal effects from blast waves, modelling and large eddy simulation (LES) of hydrogen releases and dispersion indoors, radiation from hydrogen jet fires, coherent deflagrations, deflagrations of localised mixtures, deflagration-to-detonation transition, etc.

Dr J Mondol

(Solar Energy, Energy Efficient Buildings) Recent projects include building integrated photovoltaics, solar hot water storage, concentrating photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, household energy efficiency study, modelling of solar energy systems.

Dr M E Murphy

(Construction Management, Project Management and Architectural Design) Recent research projects in the Built Environment include an investigation to evaluate and benchmark socially responsible procurement policies in the Northern Ireland construction industry and the impact of stakeholder competencies on environmental management strategies in UK and Croatia. Recent research in architectural design has involved an exploration of Design Thinking principles as a vehicle for generating better project outcomes for construction project managers. All projects are being undertaken to determine potential sector improvements.

Professor A Nadjai

(Structures in Fire, Fire Dynamic, Material and Protection) Recent research projects include Experimental Investigation on Sprinkler Performance Clear Space During Fire, flash over and smoke movement in compartment, facade glazing system in high rise building, fire protection for steel structures, localised and travelling fire in large compartment, experimental & numerical and design of composite flooring system.

Dr T Poppelreuter

Lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture at the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment. Her doctoral thesis Das Neue Bauen für den Neuen Menschen (The New Architecture for the New Man) discusses disparate ideologies prevalent during the 1920s in Germany that sought to reform and renew mankind with the help of architecture. Her research interests focus on the perceptions and development of architectural space in early 20thcentury architectural design as well as on German speaking architects who fled the Nazi regime during the late 1930s. She has won the Milka Bliznakov Research Prize 2016 to conduct research on European women architects in American exile after 1939.

Mr G Rafferty

(Spatial Planning, Governance and Community Engagement) Research specialisms in the role of spatial planning, regeneration and urban governance in postconflict societies/ ‘contested space’, and evaluating collaboration and partnership working. Recent projects include the role of planning in peacebuilding, planning reform and modernisation, and the evolving nexus between community planning and spatial planning on the island of Ireland.

Dr T Rikala

Senior Lecturer Urban Design, Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment. Interested in intellectual and cultural histories of architecture, landscape and planning. Publications include subjects related to urban design to oral history.

Dr H Ritchie

(Spatial Planning and Energy Policy) Previous research on the cross border Research and Development Funding Programme for strengthening the All-Ireland Research Base on Planning and Energy Storage. Ongoing research on stakeholder engagement in marine spatial planning and understanding planning law.

Dr J Russell

Associate Head of School, Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Miss L Shaw

(Noise/Housing Standards/Environmental Health) Recent projects include the investigation on the effects of transport noise on those living close to major transport routes. Other areas of interest includes housing standards.

Dr M Smyth

(Renewable Energy Systems, Building Services) Recent projects include solar energy collectors; low cost integral solar collector storage systems, Hybrid PV-Thermal collectors, Building Integrated Solar Thermal Systems (BISTS) and low concentration systems. Other areas of interest include, building energy analysis and efficiency, thermal storage and PCMs, Small scale Anaerobic Digesters, energy and the wine industry.

Dr B Solan

(Geotechnical Design & Scour Failure of Arch bridges) Current projects include a study of the geotechnical failure modes of historic bridge structure (arches) when subject to pressurised flow under extreme weather event storms. Other ongoing work is the application of granular anchors to the remediation on slopes and the impact of subgrade types on the noise and vibrations generated from rigid and flexible pavements.

Dr M Vaganay

(Environmental Health) Recent projects include evaluation of secondary stressors affecting flood affected residents. Current projects include investigation of Flood Interventions and their impact on Residents, Traffic-related Indoor air quality, air quality and health impact of residential solid fuel burning, the impact of location and healthy ageing, and hand hygiene behaviours in the general population.

Mrs U Walsh

(Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Acoustics, Regulation and Enforcement and Food safety) Recent research includes: the acoustical impact of wind turbines: the association between bureaucracy and occupational stress in farming: and occupation related musculoskeletal disorders.

Mr R Weatherup

He lectures in construction economics with specialisms in whole life value engineering and disaster response and recovery. He is the co –founder of the research group CELI (Civic Ecology and Life Infrastructure – a sub group of SABER) which investigates the global societal challenges of health, food security, ecosystem biodiversity and smart green integrated communities. His research interests involve thinking differently about how we design, construct and use our built environment specifically investigating engineering nature-based solutions to enhance biodiversity and the economics of procuring and managing biodiversity ecosystem services.

Dr W D H Woodward

(Highway Engineering) Recent projects include the development of early life properties of highway surfaces, use of Warm Mix Asphalt in Ireland, asphalt surfacing distress, 3D modelling of asphalt surfaces using stereo photogrammetry and 3d laser techniques, tyre/ road interface properties, race track surface properties.

Dr A Zacharopoulos

(Renewable energy, Building integrated solar thermal/PV systems, Energy efficient buildings) Recent projects include development of a concentrating PV evacuated glazing module, building integration of solar thermal systems, a low cost solar concentrating PV/ thermal system for Tanzania.

Dr J Zhang

(Fire Dynamics and Material Flammability) Recent projects include development of innovative materials for curtain wall facades, nano-enhanced lightweight steel skeleton/dry wall systems, carbon fibre based materials for modern aircrafts fuselage, ignition and fire spread of buildings due to largescale deflagrations, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and soot modelling in fires.

Contact

Professor Neil Hewitt

nj.hewitt@ulster.ac.uk

T: +44 2890368566

Testimonials

For me, completing a PhD at Ulster University was transformative. A PhD trains you to think differently. It acted as a springboard to my career path, greatly developing both my analytical and personal skills. The quality and dedication of my supervision remains unrivalled. My experience opened the door to amazing opportunities and a wide network of global real estate professionals, many of whom I now count as friends. Almost twenty years on I continue to benefit and still consider the University my second home.

Dr Brenna O’Roarty

Founder, Executive Director RHL Strategic Solutions

Graduated 1996

Looking back over the course of my career, I can categorically state that my PhD from Ulster has opened many doors in terms of career/professional development and commercial success through winning consulting commissions. The skills I gained were specific (in my subject area), but often when I reflect, it is the general skills that have added most value to my career over time – for example, the ability to see the bigger economic picture, the ability to analyse and summarise complex sets of data, the ability to write reports and present in a succinct manner and the ability to influence stakeholders in projects. For these reasons I highly recommend a PhD as a foundation for career success.

Dr Connel Bottom MRICS FRSA

Partner, Bernard Williams Associates

PhD Graduate 1997

“As a late-in-life doctoral candidate - I found the Ulster University Research PhD program perfect. The support and guidance from my faculty advisors were terrific, and I was able to plumb my topic to a rich level of analysis under their tutelage. Moreover, I’ve been pleased to see the dissertation topic, “24-hour cities and commercial real estate investment performance,” picked up as a fresh area of follow-on research in academic journals and in the industry at large.”

Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, CRE

Clinical Professor of Real Estate, New York University and 2014 Chair, The Counselors of Real Estate

Ulster graduation - 2011.