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A PhD in Architecture is a rigorous research degree that examines the discipline of Architecture through several different prisms, such as the built environment, place-making and urbanism.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Architecture?

PhDs in Architecture are usually completely research-based, with minimal teaching elements. As such, they aren’t normally qualifications that lead to professional certification (in the UK, architects are accredited after completing courses certified by RIBA).

Instead, a PhD in Architecture allows doctoral students to undertake specialist research into a broad range of topics associated with Architecture. These include:

  • Built environment
  • Landscaping
  • Place-making
  • Risk mitigation
  • Spatial relationships
  • Sustainability
  • Transport
  • Urban studies
  • Virtual environments

Alongside a substantial dissertation, you may also have to produce designs or models to illustrate your research. PhDs in Architecture may also provide you with excellent opportunities for fieldwork and surveys.

PhD in Architecture funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Architecture are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This funding will provide a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. You may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding, or apply for a project that already has funding attached.

It’s also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Architecture (although this can’t be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you’re considering a part-time PhD in Architecture, it may also be worth asking your employer if they’re happy to sponsor you.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Architecture usually involve a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You may need to have studied an accredited RIBA course. You’ll also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. Any professional experience in architecture that you have will strengthen your application.

PhD in Architecture careers

A PhD in Architecture is an ideal qualification for existing architecture practitioners who want to specialise and expand their knowledge of a particular area of the field. It can also be a good option for those who are interested in embarking on a career in academia or research. Outside of higher education, a PhD in Architecture can set you up for employment in the heritage sector, as well as jobs related to sustainability and accessibility.

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Architecture and pataphysics, the science of imaginary solutions

We are principally interested, in the present call for PhD applications, in the ongoing mutations of the practice of architecture as one of world-building, emphasising relations between architectural imaginaries and literary, media and scientific practices. Read more

Nature-based solutions for coastal protection and hazard mitigation

Project Reference Number. Project Reference Number. SCEBE-22SF-NBSCPHM-Mickovski. Please select the above project reference number or refer to this reference number if you select the prospective student application route. Read more

Green infrastructure for adaptation to and resilience against natural hazards such as flooding, erosion, landslides and fires

PROJECT REFERENCE NUMBER. Project Reference Number. SCEBE-22SF-GIARNH-Mickovski. Please select the above reference number from the drop down menu or refer to the project reference number in the text box when applying through the prospective applicant route. Read more

Addressing air quality and thermal performance to help tackle inequalities in overcrowded UK dwellings: development of enhanced household overcrowding metrics

Overcrowding in residential buildings is a growing problem in some areas of the UK, being especially prevalent in ethnic minority households and potentially leading to adverse health and wellbeing impacts, such as increased risk of infection transmission (e.g. Read more

The School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing at Leeds Beckett University is currently accepting applications for up to 7 funded full-time PhD Research Studentships

The School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing at Leeds Beckett University brings together a range of related sectors from built environment and construction; human and natural environments; engineering industries; and computing and IT industries in a dynamic and vibrant setting, with a rapidly growing research, enterprise, and student cohort. Read more

Doctorate by Design in Landscape Architecture

The Doctorate by Design from the University of Sheffield, is the first PhD programme in the UK in which you can combine creative practice, with critical analysis in Landscape Architecture. Read more

Scholarships in Place-based Thinking and Making

In the last few years, the concept of place-based thinking and making has been of growing interest. This has accelerated following emergence from lockdown, which had a detrimental impact on the economy of culture, especially the arts. Read more

Chancellor's Anniversary scholarships

To celebrate 200 years of the University of Huddersfield, which in 1825 was established as The Science and Mechanics Institute, the University is awarding 60 Chancellor’s Anniversary Scholarships across all PhD disciplines. Read more

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