School of the
Built Environment

Welcome to the world leading, professionally accredited and life-long learning, School of the Built Environment.

The school represents a community of scholars of global reach, working in unison with learners across all levels of study and research, and lifelong learning professionals and organisations committed in making a difference to the sector. With very high employability successes and one of the largest global cohorts of PhD students, many of our graduates are already making a difference in industry and also in academia, by holding leadership positions in organisations and academic institutions across the world.

The School is at the forefront of innovative education delivery and has launched a new mode of study for many of its undergraduate courses; the Accelerated Degree. Whilst covering the same content as a traditional undergraduate degree, the Accelerated Degree is taught over three trimesters rather than two semesters. This more intense mode of study means that students can complete their degree in a shorter period of time, allowing them to progress more quickly into work or further study. 

The School has been leading the research agenda in the built environment for more than 20 years, continuously rated top in the national Research Assessment Exercises.

We provide Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities and we work closely with professional institutions such as RIBA, CIAT, CIOB and RICS in the provision of CPD and professional training in general. In addition we provide consultancy services of high value across a variety of sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, the public and the private sectors.

SOBE has been recognised as one of the world's top 50 universities for architecture within the built environment

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