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. All applicants are subject to interview.

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?

Civil engineers are at the forefront of developing sustainable societies and many find themselves dealing with important social and environmental issues. Our research reflects this multi-disciplinary activity by collaborating on joint projects with surveyors, architects, mathematicians, chemists and microbiologists across the globe. The School of Civil Engineering and Surveying has a broad range of research interests ranging from structural analysis through to sustainability appraisal. Much of this work directly addresses real world problems, and the school has been very successful in securing funding to support this work from a range of sources including research councils, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and industrial partners.

The School of Architecture’s researchers work in a wide range of projects in the areas of architecture, interior design, urban design and conservation. Our research is undertaken in collaboration with academic, charitable, community and commercial groups outside the University and many 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 and the wider built environment sector.

Module Details

Our researchers are working and supervising in fields such as:

Sustainable Architecture:

  • Environmental design systems
  • Sustainable environments and dedsign

Architecture and Urban Design, Regeneration and related issues:

  • Urban planning
  • Urban histories and cultures
  • Architectural history and theory
  • Urban conservation and regeneration
  • Green Infrastructures
  • Sustainable urban design
  • Urban design history, theory and analysis
  • Coastal settlements
  • Landscape design

Interior Design Practice:

  • Representation theory and practice
  • Mapping the environment
  • Interior design theory and practice
  • Materials and application
  • Emodied methodologies and practice
  • The retail environment
  • Adaptive reuse of historic and existing buildings

Architecture Pedagogy and Theory:

  • Design pedagogy (studio culture)

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: £TBC p/a* Part-time students: £TBC p/a* * Fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
Full-time students: £15,100 p/a* Part-time students: £7,550 p/a* * 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