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Contact UsThe MOBIE Northumbria Homes For The Future Innovation centre is part of MOBIE’s innovative career pathway which empowers young people to define how they want to live now, and in the future.

Northumbria University will co-fund 15 PhD studentships (five studentships starting each year) with industry partners, working together to define a research project that will address the needs of the business. A PhD student will then be appointed to work exclusively on that project, while pursuing their PhD studies.

Students and partner companies will have access to bespoke training programme which will give them the skills to transform the ways houses are built and delivered in the future. The ultimate aim of the programme is to make house building a clean, precision-engineered and efficient process with greater levels of quality control.


  • Study alongside fellow PhD students working on similar themes, creating opportunities for knowledge sharing and support through your PhD
  • Be guided through your PhD by one of Northumbria University’s world class academic supervisors in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment – a top three ranked institution in the UK
  • Apply your knowledge to a live project and develop strong industry connections which will set up your career – whether you’d like to continue in academia and pursue a career in industry
  • Access to the MOBIE training programme which will continue to keep you abreast of the latest developments in a changing industry
  • Be part of an impressive alumni including award winning students like Faye Sedgewick, whose vision for an abandoned hospital on Newcastle Quayside won a National Student Designer Award at the Association for Project Safety (APS) National Awards.

If you are a student or a prospective student interested in one of the PhD studentships please complete the register interest form and we will get back in touch with you with further information. 

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