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Architecture PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 32 Architecture PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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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Inclusive community-led Place Plan development

This PhD aims to co-produce, pilot and evaluate innovations in inclusive community-led Place Plan development, focusing on how participatory action research can elevate long-term quality, equity, and sustainability in urban communities. Read more

The Impact of Climate Change on Timber in Construction

Construction delivery and operation accounts for 34% global final energy use and 37% energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst extracting finite resources and destroying natural habitats. Read more

Engineered Timber Solutions for Circularity

There is a global market shift towards sustainable construction methods and correspondingly increased demand for mass timber products and systems with an emphasis on cross-laminated and glue-laminated timber forms. Read more

Big data and machine learning for urban energy and sustainability assessment and design

Urban features including façade features, window size, building age, land use, tree coverage, density are important parameters to determine urban sustainability, energy and climate performance for cities and buildings herewith in. Read more

A Morphotypological investigation of Chinese "New Towns" for harmonized remodelling. The case of "One City-Nine Towns" project

According to a rigorously Morphotypological and therefore non-stylistic approach, the research project aims to investigate the "New Towns" phenomenon developed during the massive urban expansion in China outlined by the 10th Five-Year Plan. Read more

Funded PhD studentship opportunity in vibroacoustics

Applications are invited for a postgraduate student to join the Acoustics Research Unit at the University of Liverpool for a three-year funded scholarship to carry out research that will lead to the award of PhD. Read more

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