Research course

Architectural Design and Practice

Cardiff University · Welsh School of Architecture

Entry requirements

Suitable for graduates in architecture, planning, engineering, social sciences, computer science and environmental sciences with an upper second class honours degree. Those with a degree in a relevant subject area, such as architecture, planning, engineering, social sciences, computer science and environmental sciences are encouraged to also apply.

The School welcomes enquiries and applications from suitably qualified people wishing to conduct research in a relevant field. A

pplicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS).

Months of entry

October, April

Course content

A research degree with a strong design element, carried out under the supervision of a member of the Design and Practice research group. The School has an established record of research using design as a method of investigation, and of research leading to design as an outcome or conclusion.

The Design and Practice research group encourages and promotes research that is carried out through the act of design. This places the activities of the design studio and workshop on an equal footing with those of the library and laboratory.

Course Description

Members of the Architectural Practice Group carry out research which might be:

  • Practice-based: whereby an original investigation is undertaken in order to gain new knowledge partly by means of practice and the outcomes of that practice. This is demonstrated through creative outcomes in the form of buildings, designs, artefacts, drawings etc.
  • Practice-led: in which the nature of practice leads to new knowledge that has operational significance for that practice. Here the primary focus of the research is to advance knowledge about practice, or to advance knowledge within practice.

Assessment: Submission of a thesis followed by oral examination for both MPhil and PhD.

Special Features

  • Students can apply for up to £500 per year for expenses relating to their research.
  • There is the opportunity to become involved in teaching activities in the School.
  • The group’s research interests include building, design, digital design techniques, proto-typing materials and components, fabrication, critical means of representation, as well as leading studies in project management, building law and architectural education.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent required.

Qualification and course duration


part time
possible months
full time
36 months


part time
possible months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Miss Katrina Lewis
+44 (0)29 2087 6251
+44 (0) 29 2087 4623