Predicting building performance in future climate change scenarios: a comparative study of actual and simulated data
PhDs and postgraduate research
Self-funded PhD students only
School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
October and February
Applications accepted all year round
Applications are invited for a self-funded, 3 year full-time or 6 year part-time PhD studentship, to commence in October or February.
Studies have identified a performance gap between the design of a building and the building's constructed behaviour. As a result of this difference, buildings might be less energy efficient than specified or overheat unexpectedly in high outdoor temperatures. At the same time, climate predictions indicate evolving changes in global environmental conditions.
Computer modelling offers the possibility of mapping building designs against weather data sets as a means of studying the potential consequences of climate change. However, there are suggestions that modelling techniques do not achieve the accuracy required for this study.
We suggest research should be undertaken to tackle this problem by mapping actual environmental data, from a known building, to that of a model of the same building, with the aim of improving future predictions of performance.
At the University of Portsmouth, we have access to measurement data from real buildings and the opportunity to produce computer models of those buildings. We have a dedicated research facility, called Port-eco House, which can be used to obtain performance data and serve as a subject for experimental analysis.
Fees and funding
Funding availability: Self-funded PhD students only.
PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK and EU students only).
2021/2022 fees (applicable for October 2021 and February 2022 start)
PhD and MPhil
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,500 p/a**
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,250 p/a**
International full-time students: £17,600 p/a*
International part-time students: £8,800 p/a*
PhD by Publication
External candidates: £4,407*
Members of staff: £1,720
All fees are subject to annual increase. If you are an EU student starting a programme in 2021/22 please visit this page.
*This is the 2020/21 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) maximum studentship fee; this fee will increase to the 2021/22 UKRI maximum studentship fee when UKRI announces this rate in Spring 2021.
Some PhD projects may include additional fees – known as bench fees – for equipment and other consumables, and these will be added to your standard tuition fee. Speak to the supervisory team during your interview about any additional fees you may have to pay. Please note, bench fees are not eligible for discounts and are non-refundable.
- The project requires a candidate with a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) in Building Surveying, Architecture, Computing, Environmental Sciences or a related subject, and a desire to excel as a researcher together with disciplined work habits.
- This project is suitable for both home/EU and or International students.
- You’ll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (depending upon chosen course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject.
- Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
How to apply
Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Stephen Neale (Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org) (+44 (0)23 9284 2915), Prof Mark Gaterell (email@example.com) or Dr Brett Martinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) (+44 (0)23 9284 2916), quoting both the project code ACES4751020 and the project title.
You can also visit our How to Apply pages to get a better understanding of how the PhD application process works.