The outstanding research undertaken in the Welsh School of Architecture is making a major contribution towards developing and understanding the requirements for a sustainable built environment that responds to the needs of society. As a result of its performance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the School is ranked in the Top 5 UK Schools of its kind according to Research Power (one of the range of accepted measures of excellence).
The School also consistently appears at the top of published rankings for teaching. In a very positive report following the 2002 academic review by the Quality Assurance Agency, the reviewers concluded they had confidence in the academic standards achieved by the programmes in architecture, and the quality of student progression, along with the quality of learning resources, was commended.
Research at the Welsh School of Architecture
Research is organised in two research groups and seven research centres:
The School has the most advanced research facilities and computer modelling capabilities available, such as the Environmental Laboratory's artificial sky, heliodon and wind tunnel which provide scale-modelling capabilities of international standing, enabling research that cannot be undertaken elsewhere in the UK.
The PhD Programme
Candidates may study at the School for both full-time and part-time research degrees. There is also the option of studying externally, away from the School. Full-time PhD candidates normally study for 3 years and part-time PhD candidates normally study for 5 years. Full-time study of the MPhil degree is normally 1 year but can be 2 years. Part-time study tends to take place over 2 years but can be over 3 years.
The School is host to a team of internationally-recognised research staff who bring an exciting mix of design approaches and experiences to the supervision of postgraduate researchers.
A number of PhD studentships are usually available each year, funded by UK Research Councils and other bodies. In addition, the University has been awarded a number of AHRC Postgraduate Studentships in the History of Art, Architecture and Design via a Block Grant Partnership for 2009-2013.
Available Studentships will be advertised on the School website and in the University's Funding and Scholarship Search database at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/searchforfunding, which also lists other potential funding opportunities.
How to Apply
Applicants should contact the School in the first instance, then submit an online application. Information on the application process can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgapply
Information on Entry Requirements can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/archi/admissionresearchdegree.php
This programme is waiting to hear about funding for the next session, or external funding will be applied for once a suitable candidate is selected. Applications are welcome - please see programme details for further information.