Research course


University of Portsmouth · Portsmouth School of Architecture

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Why take this course?

The School of Architecture’s researchers work in a wide range of projects in the areas of architecture, interior design and urban design. Our research is undertaken in collaboration with academic and commercial groups outside the University and most of our full-time academics have practised as architects and designers. This ensures that our research is up-to-date and reflects the current and future needs of the industry.

Module Details

Our researchers are working and supervising in fields such as:

  • Sustainable Architecture:
  • Environmental design systems
  • Sustainable environments
  • Sustainable design
  • Urban Design, Regeneration and related issues:
  • Urban planning and urban design history and theory
  • Green Infrastructures
  • Sustainable urban design
  • Urban design theory and analysis
  • Coastal settlements
  • Landscape design
  • Interior Design Practice:
  • Representation theory and practice
  • Mapping the environment
  • Interior design practice
  • Materials and application
  • The retail environment
  • Architecture Pedagogy and Theory:
  • Design pedagogy (studio culture)
  • Architecture and interior theory and design

Student Destinations

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities.

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Fees and funding

UK students
full-time students: £4,121 p/a, part-time students: £1,590 p/a *All fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
full-time students: £12,600 p/a, part-time students: £6,300 p/a *All fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)23 9284 5566