Research course


University of Portsmouth · Portsmouth School of Architecture

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a PhD or MPhil include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.
If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

If you want to take your expertise in Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism into a postgraduate research degree, Portsmouth is the perfect place to do it.
Our research explores the latest methods, technology and ideas being used to build the smart cities of the future and preserve places from the past. We investigate the digital design tools being used to shape tomorrow's communities, explore the cultural and economic forces affecting our cities, and work to understand the cultural importance of some of our oldest buildings.
The voice of the community is often missing from the design phase of a building – we're looking at how interior spaces are designed by examining the way people use and interact with them. We're also investigating how architects and urban designers might draw, write, and re-think ways to represent interior spaces.
What you’ll experience
As a postgraduate researcher, you'll work alongside our existing researchers, many of whom are former and practising architects and designers. You can join our collaborations with academic, charitable, community and commercial groups, work on projects in areas such as architecture, interior design, urban design and conservation – play your own part in transforming our expertise into impact.
What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?
Once your postgraduate research degree is complete, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.
Your postgraduate research qualification tells potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.
After researching with us, our successful postgraduate research candidates have gone on to work in a variety of fields – including as research fellows, lecturers, environmental consultants, and urban consultants.
Current research
Explore the work we're doing across our 8 areas of expertise in Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism.
Sustainable urbanism
Our research focuses on the following topics
  • Re-naturing cities
  • Green infrastructure
  • Urban morphology
  • Urban models
  • Urban resilience
  • Environmental performance
  • Advanced technologies
  • Healthy cities
  • Eco-cities
  • Public space
Green infrastructures
Our research covers the following topics
  • Nature and cities
  • Urban agriculture
  • Technology and urban agriculture
  • Environmental justice
  • Urban ecology
Architectural and urban history and theory
Our research covers the following topics
  • Architectural history
  • Architectural theory
  • Urban history
  • Urban theory
  • Architecture and politics
  • Architecture and cultural studies
  • 1960s and 1970s neo avant-gardes
Historic environments and conservation
Our research covers the following topics
  • Digital heritage
  • Urban heritage
  • Historic interiors
  • Reuse
  • Regeneration
  • Conservation theory
  • Heritage and conflict
  • Architectural conservation
  • Urban conservation
  • Digital preservation
  • Conservation technologies
  • Sustainable conservation
  • Community-based conservation
Digital design and new technologies
Our research looks at
  • responsive and robotic architecture
  • advanced digital tools
  • advanced technologies integration
  • computational and parametric design
  • BIM (Building Information Modelling)
  • Environmental analysis and design
  • Our research covers the following topics
  • Sustainable architecture
  • Resilience
  • Climate sensitive design
Interior design theory and practice
Our research covers these topics
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Historic interiors
  • Design history
  • Design activism
  • Sensory experience
  • Affective space
  • Material matters
  • Feminist practices
  • Creative practice
  • Creative research methodologies
Design education
Our research covers
  • studio pedagogy
  • work-based learning
  • experiential learning
  • live projects
  • professional development
  • student experience
  • creativity
  • feedback and assessment

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)23 9284 5566