Built Environment Courses go mainstream

Published: 31 May 2006 at 10:15

A new Professional Doctoral Programme (PrD) - designed to provide an alternative part-time route for professional people working within the built environment to study at doctoral level - has been developed by Anglia Ruskin University's Faculty of Science and Technology at Chelmsford. The programme is the first of its kind in the country.

The first group of post-graduate candidates to enrol for the programme started their research in October 2004 and are due to complete their studies by 2007. The Faculty is now looking to recruit a second cohort in October this year.

The programme is based in the University's Built Environment Department, which has degree courses ranked within the top 20 courses within the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2005. Courses cover Architecture, Construction, Surveying and Planning.

This new doctoral programme, the highest university qualification, provides an alternative part-time route for professional people working within the built environment to study while conducting research based on their own professional practice within a work-based setting. 

Ian Frame from the Department of Built Environment explains:

"This exciting new programme provides a real opportunity for middle and senior managers to study at doctoral level. This course will raise the level of thinking and help solve some of the problems in this fast-growing industry sector.

"For many, because of work commitments, a conventional three year full-time or part-time PhD is not a viable option. This equal-in-status Built Environment PrD is designed for those who have significant professional experience in the industry and the ability and opportunity to undertake research within their organisation.

"This will benefit both the individual and the organisation and that is what we believe will make this new programme particularly relevant to a wide range of commercially-driven organisations."

Anglia Ruskin University's courses have particularly good links with employers and industry which leads to excellent graduate employment rates. The courses are valued by those in practice due to their strong vocational orientation. The University is reshaping and redefining the higher education provision on offer in the East of England to meet the needs of students, employers and local communities.