skip to content

Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Architecture is no longer accepting new applications.

Ranked 1st for Architecture by the Guardian's 2018 University Guide.

The Department welcomes applications from graduates to undertake research towards a PhD in most areas, including History, Theory and Communication, as well as Design, Technology and Environment, but is unable to accept candidates for whom no supervisor is available.  The Department does not offer a taught PhD programme. Instead, it admits those applicants who meet the academic admissions criteria and whose research interests match those of an available member of the academic staff who is willing to act as the student's supervisor.

As well as the research and skills training programme offered by the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art, candidates have the opportunity to attend numerous courses, such as those related to the use of bibliographic resources and other databases, and specific computer skills.

The examination constitutes the oral examination of a thesis not exceeding 80,000 words for the PhD on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty.

The Martin Centre constitutes the research arm of the Department.  It is one of the leading architectural research units in Britain, with over four decades of successful global research for government and industry.  Research typically crosses traditional research boundaries: transportation and buildings, history and philosophy of architecture, digital media design and communication, risk assessment and mitigation in the built environment, and territorial conflict in divided cities.  A rich environment of collaboration exists, both with other departments within the University, and with other institutions across the UK, Europe, the U.S, China, Africa and the Middle East.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, candidates will have acquired excellent skills, experience and knowledge to undertake postdoctoral work (research and teaching) or another related profession.



To continue to read for the PhD following an appropriate MPhil course, students must achieve an overall average score of at least 70 per cent.  Continuation is also subject to the approval of the research proposal, and the availability of an appropriate supervisor.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Architecture


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
May 31, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

Similar Courses