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Department of the Built Environment

Welcome to the Department

A leading built environment department

Our Department is a vibrant community that welcomes bright individuals and creative thinkers. As a student, you’ll be guided to academic and professional success by our practical, accredited courses and high-calibre professors.

The Department also has an impressive research portfolio, strong partnerships with industry leaders and first-rate facilities. Together, these elements cement our reputation as one of the world’s leading built environment departments.

The future is what you make it

Watch the video to give you a taste of what we do in the Department of the Built Environment.


Our specialities and research

Blending creative academic thinking with professional application

In the 2008 research assessment (RAE) our Department was ranked in the top 15 for Architecture and the Built Environment. In the 2014 research assessment (REF2014) we doubled our research power.

The Department of the Built Environment undertakes research into numerous areas, including:  

  • Property
  • Quantity surveying
  • Building services engineering
  • Architectural technology
  • Architectural engineering
  • Building surveying
  • Facilities management
  • Construction management

Annual International Conference on Asphalt, Pavement Engineering and Infrastructure, the Efficiency Improvement in Water and Wastewater Treatment Conference, the International Conference on Sensing Technology and the Annual BEAN (Built Environment and Natural Environment) Research Student Conference.

The Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory and the Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Project work with local organisations to create innovative low carbon goods, processes and services to bring about economic and environmental benefits to businesses and the wider community.

Thanks to our international collaborations, several of our programmes allow students to either take placements overseas or study abroad. Our curriculum also benefits from our excellent relationships with local, national and international employers. These links support teaching, provide placement and work-shadowing opportunities and enable our students to gain industry knowledge through site visits and guest speaker sessions.

All of our programmes also carry full professional body accreditation, which, alongside our industry collaborations and overseas partners, boost our graduates’ employability. Evidence that this combination works can be seen from the fact that 84% of our graduates secure professional and managerial level jobs within six months of graduation.

Read about our research


of BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying students satisfied with their course


journal papers produced between 2007 and 2014


of UG and PG courses are professionally accreditied