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Architecture PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

We have 15 Architecture PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

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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Advanced Nordic Articulation via Architecture [naava]

  Research Group: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
The proposal takes as its point of departure the argument that what was written about Nordic 1960-70s architecture in the 1980s– early 2000s, and photography accompanying it, was circumscribed by particular genres found in British architectural journalism. Read more

Decarbonisation of Campus Energy Use

  Research Group: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
As per the UK government’s net-zero and heat and buildings strategies, in order to achieve the core goal of a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2037 and ultimately, 100% decarbonisation by 2050, we need to decarbonise the energy used by our campus buildings. Read more

Architecture and Construction of Modernism in the Global South

With the growing worldwide importance of the Global South, it is timely to explore the relationship between the past and emerging architecture in the region and understand its relationship with the construction of desired modern identities there. Read more

The Minimum Abode: Tackling the Australian Housing Crisis Through Practice-Based Research

The project is the continuation of reflections and creative responses formulated to address the shortcomings of the Australian housing stock showcased by the Coronavirus self-isolation measures and now exacerbated by the current housing crisis afflicting Australian cities. Read more

Norwich University of the Arts' Research Degrees (PhD/MPhil)

Norwich University of the Arts is one of the UK’s leading specialist arts, architecture, design, media universities, located in the centre of the historic and thriving city of Norwich. Read more

Structural chemistry of historic organic pigments for art conservation: synthesis, polymorphism, and solvent sensitivity

Project ID. SST_IMEC_6. Organic colourants have been widely used in global cultural heritage. This project will examine the possible effects of solvents on the solid-state structure of a historically important crystalline organic pigment. . Read more

Motorised Mobility Scooter Safety and the Built Environment

Project ID. S8. Motorised mobility scooters (MMS) have become one of the most popular methods of assisting mobility and short distance travel, particularly in the aged and physically disabled populations. Read more

A Photographic Study of Compassion and the Politics of Race, Representation, and Identity

Project ID. AAD1. Candidates for this set project in photographic practice research, ‘A Photographic Study of Compassion and the Politics of Race, Representation, and Identity’, will develop a research question responding to the themes of identity and social position within society. Read more

Design for Performance on the Metaverse

Project ID. AAD2. The PhD will investigate the performativity of the Metaverse, which includes the digital built environment, the digital body in space, and the latest technologies involved. 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

School of Arts and Humanities Scholarships

The School of Arts and Humanities Scholarship scheme offers full or partial fee waivers to candidates proposing high-quality research aligned to the School’s key areas of research. Read more
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