Master of Research (MRes) Technology is a postgraduate course that will allow you to focus your research interests on one or two areas of technology and work towards translating your learning into research related outputs – such as a submission for a peer-reviewed publication; a peer reviewed research/knowledge transfer grant application, or a presentation.

MRes Technology can be studied either full time (1-year) or part time (2-years), with start dates in September and January each year. You will develop a wide variety of skills, experience and competence on this course, and the MRes will provide a thorough grounding for students moving towards Doctoral (PhD) studies, or pursuing research related activities as a career.

The course is taught within the Faculty of Technology and many of the projects listed on this page are linked to research that is undertaken in our School of Civil Engineering and Surveying. If you'd like to propose your own idea for a research project in the fields of computing and technology, email Dr Nikos Nanos to discuss feasibility and potential supervisors.

Achieving minimum energy efficiency standards in traditionally built buildings

Supervisor: Stephen Neale

Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) are now mandatory for leasehold properties. The challenge to professionals is how to improve properties, which are mainly of traditional construction, in order to achieve the minimum energy rating.
Suggested methodology: Case studies

Climate responsive building

Supervisor: Professor Mark Gaterell

Reducing our reliance on fossil fuel based energy is key to the long term viability of our urban areas. Climate responsive or so called passive design strategies offer an opportunity to do this through specific design practices. This project will consider how climate responsive refurbishment strategies could be implemented during the refurbishment of existing university buildings and the potential impact they could have on energy consumption.

Do existing environmental assessment methodologies really deliver sustainable buildings?

Supervisor: Professor Mark Gaterell

There is a range of assessment methodologies used to establish the relative sustainability of individual buildings. However, there are concerns that the ways in which they used might mean that the resulting buildings do not deliver the level of environmental performance expected. This project will explore the design of these assessment methodologies and investigate options for their improvement.

Investigation and development of a building structural monitoring implementation using Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) sensors

Supervisors: Dr Nikos Nanos, Dr Ioannis Kagalidis and Dr Branislav Vuksanovic

This project looks at how to identify an underlying strong motion signal using arbitrary element monitoring sensors. You will make use of existing Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure, smart devices and low cost sensors to identify global effects.

This is an inter-disciplinary project between the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, School of Computing and School of Energy and Electronic Engineering. 

Microplastics in road runoff

Supervisor: Professor John Williams and Dr Fay Couceiro

Looking at the numbers of microplastics coming off the roads in Portsmouth, or looking at the removal of microplastics from road runoff by using a swale.

Microplastics removal from sewage

Supervisor: Professor John Williams and Dr Fay Couceiro

Looking at the effects of flocculation in primary sedimentation on microplastics removal from sewage.

NHS England’s Healthy New Towns

Supervisor: Professor Mark Gaterell

NHS England’s Healthy New Towns Programme recognises that places where people live have a significant impact on their mental and physical health. In particular, it highlights that ‘current house building targets present an opportunity to create places that support people of all abilities, and in all stages of life. They present the potential to facilitate healthier lifestyles and to meet demand for well-designed new homes in attractive communities where it is convenient to walk or cycle’.

While any such initiative is to be welcomed, the current turnover rate in the UK housing sector means that 80% of the dwelling stock that we will be using in 2050 already exists. Consequently, if we are to ensure our built environment can deliver its potential mental and physical health benefits the nature of existing neighbourhoods also needs to be considered in light of the kind of priorities and principles outlined in the Programme.

This project aims to investigate the degree to which the principles of the NHS New Towns Programme can help to maximise the potential mental and physical health benefits of existing neighbourhoods.

Optimisation of multi sources water distribution systems

Supervisor: Dr Mohammed Ali

The project will look at developing an optimisation model that links the dynamic aspects of water availability and demand to operational aspects and the carrying capacity of a water distribution system. This will help drinking water providers in finding a better approach to deals with resources issues and outage within their systems.

Resilient urban infrastructure

Supervisor: Professor Mark Gaterell

The need to account for very uncertain future climatic, social or economic conditions when designing urban infrastructure (often termed ‘resilience’) means engineers will have to think in very different ways. This project considers what the concept of resilience might mean for cities and how it might inform the design of future infrastructure.

The application of BIM in real estate asset management

Supervisor: Stephen Neale

The main challenge of this project is to investigate and demonstrate how BIM (Building Information Modelling) can be used as an effective tool in real estate asset management.
Suggested methodology: Simulation/computer modelling.

The potential for using augmented reality in the assessment of human comfort

Supervisor: Stephen Neale

Human thermal comfort is influenced by several variables. Can augmented reality be used to isolate and test some of those variables?
Suggested methodology: Laboratory experiments.

Other research projects

MRes Technology research projects are offered in the following areas:

Please note, these lists are not exhaustive and you'll need to meet and discuss the project you're interested in with a member of research staff before you apply.

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