Research course

Architecture

Institution
The University of Manchester · Manchester School of Architecture
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

  • First or upper second class honours Bachelor degree (or international equivalent) and
  • A relevant postgraduate qualification, generally a Master degree, with Merit and a minimum average grade of 60% in the taught modules and a minimum grade of 60% in the dissertation (or international equivalent)

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Manchester School of Architecture is consistently ranked as one of the best architecture schools in the UK. With over 100 years of educational experience, we have strong links with national and international architectural practices. Our architectural research is carried out within the Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC) and looks beyond technical design to the complex processes and practices that run through the development, adaptation and use of built environments. Our staff engage with research projects throughout the world, including the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, South East Asia and the US.

At MARC we set ourselves the mission of critically traversing the disciplinary boundaries of architecture and the social sciences to open up new areas of architectural research, create new standards of architectural pedagogy, and craft a new conceptual language to inform and influence urban policy. Research focuses on social studies of architecture, architectural history and theory, the politics of urban infrastructure and networks of architectural expertise. What affords this mission is MARC's unique institutional setting: it is hosted both by The University of Manchester at the School of Environment, Education and Development, and by the Manchester School of Architecture, a joint School with the Manchester Metropolitan University. This allows MARC to benefit from synergies with Planning and Environmental Management, Geography, and a number of other humanities disciplines, and at the same time from engagements with the production of architectural knowledge in the context of an architectural school. Making connections between these disciplines and practices, MARC has developed a distinctive expertise based on theoretical experimentation, methodological rigour, empirical attention, and hands-on studies of architectural practice, building technology, and techniques of architectural representation and mapping.

We welcome applications in many areas, including: pragmatist turn in architecture; anthropology of architectural production, transdisciplinarity in architecture, mobility of architectural discourse; zero-carbon architectures; the politics of construction.

Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact Dr Lukasz Stanek.

Information for international students

Candidates whose first language is not English require one of the following certificates:

  • IELTS test minimum scores - 7 overall, 7 writing, 6 other sections
  • TOEFL (internet based) test minimum scores - 100 overall, 25 writing, 22 other sections
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum scores - 66 overall, 66 writing, 59 other sections
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 185 or above, with writing 185 and no other sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade C if taken before 2015
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) overall score of 185 or above, with writing 185 and no other sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade B if taken before 2015

    (Please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable)

Please find full details, including country specific information, here.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,750
International students
£18,000

Sources of funding include:

UK Research Councils:

Includes 1+3 and +3 studentships. Residency eligibility criteria apply. CASE studentships are normally advertised in January / February on our website and at jobs.ac.uk

In addition, funding is sometimes possible from one of the following:

Internal awards are advertised on our funding page from November.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Environment, Education and Development
Email
pgr-seed-admissions@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 275 0807