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Graduate Admissions


The MPhil in Architecture is a ten-month full-time programme and involves minimal formal teaching.  Students are integrated into the research culture of the Department by working one to one with a research supervisor.  They are expected to attend the Department’s programme of research seminars and other graduate courses, including postgraduate skills training courses on offer via the Department and from the School of Arts and Humanities Researcher Development Office. Informal opportunities to develop research skills also exist through mentoring and other opportunities by fellow students and members of staff.

One to one supervision

Students will be allocated a supervisor who will support their academic progress for the duration of the programme. They will be expected to meet for one hour up to every two weeks during the term for the duration of the programme.

Seminars & classes

Students are encouraged to attend all of the seminars held within the Department and to make an active contribution to the Department's research culture.


Attending lectures is optional but students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of lectures offered in the Department and other Faculties relevant to their research topics.

Small group teaching

All students undertake at least six-hours research skills training seminars.


Students will be provided with feedback via supervisions and supervisor's termly reports.



The scheme of examination for the tenth-month full-time course of study in Architecture for the degree of Master of Philosophy shall consist of a thesis, of not less than 20,000 words and not more than 30,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art. The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

The thesis is examined by two examiners and includes an oral examination which is usually held at the Faculty.

Practical assessment

Second Term Review

There will be a progress review at the end of the Lent Term carried out by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Supervisor.  The purpose of this review is to ensure that candidates are on track to submit a thesis time.  Candidates will be asked to bring to this meeting a one-page summary of the thesis, a table of contents, draft chapters and proposed programme for completion of the thesis.

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Key Information

10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Architecture


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
May 15, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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