Research course

Architectural Design (Social Science)

Institution
University of Nottingham · Institute of Architecture
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) and/or a Master's at merit level of above in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

This programme provides candidates an opportunity to develop an architectural thesis using design as a key component of the methodology exploring an approved topic of their own selection and definition. Whilst the design-based component of the project may be drawn, modelled, filmed, built, etc., candidates will be required to incorporate this research as an integral component of an accompanying written thesis.

Good architecture embraces a holistic approach to design and as a consequence the environmental strategies embodied within buildings present considerable challenges. They need to reconcile the often conflicting considerations of climate, building function and user expectation, while at the same time being mindful of energy related carbon emissions. Projects in Environmental Design typically reflect the integrated nature of these strategies and explore areas such as natural ventilation, passive heating and cooling, solar protection, fabric thermal storage, daylight and solar strategies and architectural acoustics. These are intrinsically linked to the tectonics of architecture and considerable potential exists to explore the opportunities offered where these overlaps occur, eg the environmental performance of facades, natural ventilation of high rise buildings, etc.

Urban Design is concerned with the city as a field of analysis and intervention. Research in urban design explores the complex relationship between spatial and design issues and social and economic urban processes. PhD topics are defined in conjunction with supervisors and can cover many different aspects of urban design, such as: History and Theory of Urban Design; Public Realm; Sustainable Cities; Urban Conservation & Revitalisation; Innovation Environments and Waterfront Regeneration.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

This PhD is offered by the Division of Architecture and Urbanism, more information can be found at www.nottingham.ac.uk/architectureandurbanism

Information for international students

The International Office offers a number of scholarships for International students. English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The faculty of Engineering and the University will offer some competitive scholarships and part-funded scholarships for Uk and EU students

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Faculty of Engineering web pages.

For information on opportunities for funding for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Architecture Postgraduate Enquiries
Email
engineering@nottingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)115 951 3629