Funded PhD Opportunity Real Estate Valuation, Law, Ethics and Sustainability

This opportunity is now closed.

Subject: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning


This research area is designed to attract candidates who have an interest in real estate transactions, law, ethics, sustainability, technological innovation or valuation.

The type of research areas which prospective students may have an interest in exploring include (but are not limited to) the following –

*Real property receivership and insolvency

*The legal ramifications of the sale of distressed real estate assets

*Fixed charge receivership and maximisation of value

*Procedures for dealing with proceeds of crime from the investment or ownership of real assets

*Law and valuation relating to mortgage repossession

*Valuation accuracy and margin of error

*Professional negligence and duty of care

*Real estate regulation, ethics and education

*Real estate innovation, green strategies and future digitalisation

*Big data and digital capabilities for real estate

Students will be based in the Jordanstown / Belfast campus with other PhD students, researchers and academic staff.  The nature of the work will depend on the proposed topic but may involve desktop research, field work, surveys, interviews of key stakeholders, case law analysis, data analytics and modelling.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Clearly defined research proposal detailing background, research questions, aims and methodology


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

Other information

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 18 February 2019
Interview Date
13 March to 21 March 2019


Jordanstown campus

Jordanstown campus
The largest of Ulster's campuses

Contact Supervisor

Dr Jasmine Lay-Cheng Lim

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Visit and quote reference number #342629 when applying for this PhD opportunity