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Architecture PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Reading

We have 6 Architecture PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Reading

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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Walking, Observing, Connecting, Belonging: Propositional Map Making in the City

This research project focuses on the development of a new form of map I have termed the Propositional Walking Map (PWM). This form of map may act as a stimulant to critical evaluation of the everyday, to wellbeing in the city and, more generally, to new ways of assimilating the city. Read more

Net zero housing retrofits - assuring a sustainable low-carbon transition in the domestic sector

The UK has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The UK's 29 million houses represent 14% of total emissions (CCC, 2019), with nearly 90% of these built more than 20 years ago before stricter energy efficiency standards came into force (Ince & Marvin, 2019). Read more

Modular and industrialised solutions for building retrofit

More than 85% of the 2050 building stock is already built and almost all will require some form of retrofit/renovation in order to meet global carbon emissions reductions goals. Read more

School ventilation and indoor environment quality

Children are a particularly vulnerable section of society. They are physiologically less able to regulate their temperature and are more vulnerable to exposure to air pollution than adults. Read more
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