Research course

Architecture

Institution
University of Cambridge · Faculty of Architecture and History of Art
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Pass).

Months of entry

October

Course content

Ranked 1st for Architecture by the Guardian's 2015 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. Unlike, for example, many North American universities, 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.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36-48 months
part time
60-84 months

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