Professor Philip Griffiths

Welcome to the webpages of the School of the Built Environment. The school is a multi-disciplinary organization ranging from heavy engineering – Civil and Energy – through Construction to Real Estate, Environmental Health and Planning. We are recognised as leaders in the Built Environment education and research. All our programmes are professionally accredited and we have maintained a research sector ranking placing us in the top universities since 2002. Our REF2014 latest results can be viewed here. We are currently located at Jordanstown, 7 miles from the centre of Belfast. We will be moving to a new city centre base in 2018.

I hope that you will enjoy browsing our webpages and that you find the information that you need. We are always welcoming of new links and collaborations across all our areas of activities.

Professor Philip Griffiths, Head, School of the Built Environment.


Ulster provides degree and postgraduate qualifications covering the full range of professions within the construction and building industry through our school and the Belfast School of Architecture. Ulster is a popular destination for those applying to study in the Built Environment; regularly receiving 10% of all UK based applications for construction courses. Our teaching continually achieves excellent ratings. All our programmes are professionally accredited by for example, CIBSE, CIEH, CIH, CILT, CIOB, Energy Institute, JBM – who represent ICE, IStructE, CIHT and IHE - RICS, and the RTPI. In 2014 Civil Engineering achieved a National Student Survey course approval of 100%, while employment rates amongst our graduates is over 80% - some courses recording 100% graduate employment. A list of our programmes can be found here, or have a read of our 2014 ‘Study with us’ booklet that covers our undergraduate qualifications.


Research is organised by the Built Environment Research Institute, which embraces five centres:

BERI has been successful in attracting funding from a wide variety of sources such as EPSRC, European Union, Irish Government, charitable trusts, Invest NI, etc. The research outputs range from government reports to periodic reports on house prices, from conference publications to highly cited journal publications. The 2014 assessment of research impact gave us a 3-4* research ranking of 100%. This is illustrated by reading the case studies that demonstrate the impact of our research.

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