Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for MPhil or MPhil with the intention of transferring to a PhD (the route which most of our doctoral candidates take) is a first-class or upper second-class UK honours degree or equivalent. Applications also welcomed from those holding qualifications other than the above and will be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the work proposed. The normal entry requirement for the degree of PhD is a recent master's degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed research and which has included research training and a research project.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Department's Research Degrees Programme is one of the largest in the UK. Staff and students in the Department are active in undertaking research and consultancy work in a variety of specialist fields, including low carbon technologies, architectural humanities, technology, development practice and vernacular architecture. This results in a dynamic and thriving research environment that adds to the richness of the experience of our research degree students and offers opportunities for collaborative research, exchanges and study overseas.

The Department enjoys a high reputation for its research (RAE 2008) and has links with some 90 universities in over 30 countries worldwide.

Department specialisms

We welcome research proposals related to any of the subjects covered by the research groups in the Department. These include: OISD: Low Carbon Building OISD: Technology OISD: International Vernacular Architecture Unit DOSSier: Discourses on Space and Society Research Group Centre for Development and Emergency Practice

Information for international students

For applicants who do not have English as their first language, a: British O level, GCSE (grade A, B or C) in English Language; a TOEFL score of 650 or above (written test); or a British Council ELTS band 6 or 7 is necessary.

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found at: Finance

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-60 months
part time
36-72 months


part time
36-48 months
full time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Professor Cathrine Brun
+44 (0) 1865 483220