Research course

Architecture by Design

Institution
University of Edinburgh · Edinburgh College of Art
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered. Applicants must meet our general English Language requirements.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Architecture by Design PhD offers you the opportunity to pursue design-led research at the highest level. The words ‘by design’ refer to your mode of research, mode of practice and mode of exegesis. Therefore, it is important to understand how your ‘by design’ method informs and directs a thesis over a particular research duration, and how the development of your ‘by design’ methodology is not only an important aspect of the thetic process, but also important to how your thesis is finally presented.

This PhD can be pursued through many lines and techniques of architectural inquiry, spanning design, buildings, technology, history, sustainability, conservation, theory, criticism, city, visuality, communication, philosophy, politics, environment, landscape, information technology and digital media.

Your output must contain original works such as designs, built work, drawings, models, photographs, video, sculptures, installations or websites and include documentation of the processes by which the work was produced.

Your research culminates in a professionally presented text of not more than 50,000 words and a comprehensive record of the exhibited material (images, drawings, photographs) contained in a coherent and archivable format (bound thesis and/or CD/DVD).

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
ECA Postgraduate Office
Email
ecaresearchdegrees@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 651 5741