The Architecture MPhil/PhD programme fosters research into spatial, environmental, and social challenges with tangible outcomes and impact. We support traditional academic research but are especially interested in practice-led and experimental research relevant to diverse research careers in academia, industry-based research groups, leading design practices, policymaking, human rights organisations, NGOs, cultural institutions, as well as social and environmental coalitions.
We particularly welcome research proposals aligned with the strategic areas of research in the School of Architecture: Architecture & Social Movements, Intergenerational Cities, Institutional Forms & Practices and Climate Justice, as well as the work of the Laboratory for Design & Machine Learning. All research themes encourage interdisciplinary research with new models of collaboration between academic and non-academic institutions or partners.
The School of Architecture is based at our historic Kensington site. Our studios are the heart of day-to-day activity for the School. Studios are purpose-designed for inspiration and interaction between students of different design disciplines. Shared workspaces are provided for all research students. In addition, you have access to wood, metal, plastic and resin workshop facilities, as well as contemporary digital fabrication equipment and a suite of bookable project and making spaces.
PhD study leads to a range of opportunities. You might become a researcher in industry or government or an academic in an international institution It is an opportunity for you to investigate a research question or issue in depth, enabling you to take a more reflective, more innovative role in design.
PhD: 3–4 years (full time), 6–7 years (part time)
MPhil: 2–3 years (full time), 4–6 years (part time)