The course

Delivery type
3 years (full-time)
Intake date



The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society has an inherently strong research culture with research students making a highly valued contribution to School’s overall research profile.

The School is divided into three research institutes:

  • Institute for Infrastructure and Environment
  • Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design
  • Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research

Our research in Dubai is evolving, as is reflected by the PhD programmes we offer. Research students are presented with exciting opportunities to work in areas relevant to the academic community, research users and employers in the UAE and the Gulf region.

The School’s portfolio of multidisciplinary research makes it an attractive destination for those seeking postgraduate research opportunities of direct relevance to the solving of real world problems in Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society.


The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai.  All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Detailed course information


PhD studies can be provided in the following thematic areas:

Architectural Engineering

  • Building Energy Performance
  • Dynamic Facades for Buildings
  • Building Scale Alternative Energy Systems
  • Building Stock Characterisation, Energy Performance and Intervention Studies
  • Innovations in Passive Cooling Strategies or Technologies
  • Building Scale Fuel Cells and other Hydrogen Based Energy Systems
  • Application and Development of Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics to Building Performance Problems
  • Investigations into Building Services Systems as applied in the hot arid climate of the UAE and GCC region
  • Building Energy Use Behaviour Studies
  • Persuasive Technologies
  • Building Integrated Energy Harvesting Technologies

Construction and Facilities Management

  • Establishing criteria for evaluating contractors sustainability in construction
  • Performance measurement and management for facilities management companies
  • Quality risk management application in construction projects
  • Evaluation of Health and Safety management system in oil and construction projects
  • Evaluation of Environmental management systems for production of construction materials
  • Carbon emission management in building construction projects
  • Building Information Management
  • Passive house technology applications in Qatar
  • Life cycle costing analysis
  • Knowledge management
  • Sustainability in the built environment

Civil Engineering

  • Transportation Engineering (Dr. Olisanwendu Ogwuda)
  • Water & Environmental Engineering (Dr. Rabee Rustum & Professor Wael Mualla)
  • Structural Engineering (Dr. Mustafa Batikha)
  • Materials (Dr. Olisanwendu Ogwuda)
  • Sustainability in Civil Engineering (Dr. Rabee Rustum)

Entry requirements

  • Interested applicants should complete the online application form, selecting the 'PG Research' programme options marked as '(Dubai Campus)'.
  • If you have any questions about the application process, contact Harry John (, Postgraduate Admissions Officer.

Supporting documents

Applicants interested in our PhD opportunities need to submit the following:

  • Copies of full academic transcripts from all previous academic degree courses and copies of certificates for degrees already awarded.
  • Confirmation of funding source and/or confirmation of sponsorship/sufficient funds to pursue studies.
  • A detailed research proposal.

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction during previous education, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5. Other qualifications may also be considered.


  • AED 81900 per year*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

Scholarships and bursaries

See our range of degree entry, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and PhD scholarships and discounts.