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Architecture PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 43 Architecture PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the 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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Development of Informational Systems to support the Circular Economy

With the increasing demand for the provision of buildings and infrastructure and at the same time reducing material and energy supplies available usage, the adoption of a circular economy offers one viable solution to address these challenges. Read more

PhD Studentships in the Creative Arts

Leeds School of Arts at Leeds Beckett University is offering four fully funded doctoral studentships (stipend + fees) and three doctoral fee waivers commencing in October 2023. Read more

Safety of compressed hydrogen storage systems for maritime applications

Early rollout of maritime hydrogen-fuelled transport is taking place in the form of relatively small-scale applications and demonstration projects – service vessels, pilot boats, short-range costal ferries, etc., where hydrogen is expected to be stored in composite high-pressure tanks with nominal working pressure NWP350-700 bar. Read more

Architecture and pataphysics, the science of imaginary solutions

We are principally interested, in the present call for PhD applications, in the ongoing mutations of the practice of architecture as one of world-building, emphasising relations between architectural imaginaries and literary, media and scientific practices. Read more

Nature-based solutions for coastal protection and hazard mitigation

Project Reference Number. Project Reference Number. SCEBE-22SF-NBSCPHM-Mickovski. Please select the above project reference number or refer to this reference number if you select the prospective student application route. Read more

Green infrastructure for adaptation to and resilience against natural hazards such as flooding, erosion, landslides and fires

PROJECT REFERENCE NUMBER. Project Reference Number. SCEBE-22SF-GIARNH-Mickovski. Please select the above reference number from the drop down menu or refer to the project reference number in the text box when applying through the prospective applicant route. Read more
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Addressing air quality and thermal performance to help tackle inequalities in overcrowded UK dwellings: development of enhanced household overcrowding metrics

Overcrowding in residential buildings is a growing problem in some areas of the UK, being especially prevalent in ethnic minority households and potentially leading to adverse health and wellbeing impacts, such as increased risk of infection transmission (e.g. Read more
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B4Box Retrofit IPhD

The studentship is with University of Salford and B4Box Ltd. Academic Supervisor. Professor Will Swan. Academic Co-Supervisor. Professor Richard Fitton. Read more

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