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PhD studentship in History and Theory of Asia-Pacific Architecture

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Number of awards

Start date and duration
1 October 2020. The funding covers a three-year PhD.

This studentship is to conduct a PhD in modern architecture of East Asia. You will be working on episodes of modern architecture in an Asia-Pacific territory, such as Korea or Taiwan, in the twentieth century over colonial, war and/or cold-war times, with a focus on geopolitical dynamics and urban/architectural productions.

You are expected to be knowledgeable of a local culture and language while fluent in English. Educated in architecture, you must also be committed to conduct research using some approaches of modern history and social theory.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (School of Architecture Planning & Landscape -

Name of supervisor(s)
Professor Jianfei Zhu ( , School of Architecture Planning & Landscape (

Eligibility Criteria
The studentship is open to UK, EU and international applicants who propose to study for their PhD on a full-time basis.

This studentship calls for a bilingual and bicultural candidate in architecture who has a solid Asian language and cultural basis, preferably in the context of Korea or Taiwan, while fluent in English.

Minimum criteria:

a 2.1 degree in Architecture (UK) or equivalent (non-UK)
either a BArch or March (RIBA part 2 or equivalent)
a background in architecture and a motivation to develop and complete a suitable PhD thesis in modern architecture of East Asia
IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills), if English is not your first language

Desirable attributes:

a solid language skill in and cultural knowledge about an Asia-Pacific territory, such as Korea or Taiwan, while fluent in English
educated to high school or university level in an Asia-Pacific territory such as Korea or Taiwan
an interest in history and social theory while educated in architecture

How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system (

You will need to:

insert the programme code 8160F in the programme of study section
select ‘PhD School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (full time) - Architecture’
insert the studentship code apl025 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

You must also send the following to Marian Kyte by email to . Please quote reference code apl025 in the email heading.

A cover letter
A sample of academic writing/papers (published and/or coursework)
Certified transcript for previous studies at tertiary level
A 1000-2000 word research proposal
A full CV
The names of two academic referees

For further details, please contact:
Professor Jianfei Zhu (
School of Architecture Planning & Landscape (
Telephone: +44(0) 191 208 5611

Funding Notes

UK/EU students - bursary of £19,692 per year for 3 years to cover fees and living costs.

International students: as fees will be £17,340 for 2020/21, you will receive a much reduced stipend.

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