Research course

Architecture - Research

University of Strathclyde · Department of Architecture

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class Honours degree from a UK university, or other qualifications deemed by the Head of Department to be equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Department of Architecture has a vibrant international postgraduate community. Staff specialise in a variety of disciplines and, with visiting staff, provide a wide range of academic and professional expertise. There Department's research activities cover broad research groupings. These groups allow the diversity of students' interests to be focused within a Departmental research strategy aimed at enhancing architectural knowledge, while having a transformative impact on the built environment and contemporary architectural culture.
Research in the Department offers a laboratory for informing education, research and knowledge exchange in the fields of Architecture and Urban Design, through collaborations within the Faculty of Engineering, across the University, and by engagement with practice and links with specialists both inside and outside the University. Within these identified areas of expertise, the Department of Architecture is home to the following specialist research groups & clusters:
The Centre for Research in Sustainability and Design
Research focuses on the application of technology to help deliver a more sustainable built environment in response to government, industry and society needs. Research is closely linked with international and national targets for reducing social and environmental impacts (including carbon reduction, waste minimisation and reducing pollution), and promoting energy and resource efficiencies in an attempt to improve quality of life for all. Within the context of an architecture department and through teaching and research, Cultural Studies aims to embrace differing definitions of culture, at the core of which lies the history and theory of buildings and cities. The Centre explores how and why buildings and cities are produced and used, how they are represented and the meanings we attach to them and the relationships between architecture and fields as diverse as music, painting, literature, politics, economics, critical theory, media and visual culture.
Construction Dispute Resolution Interdisciplinary Research Cluster
The cluster is interdisciplinary in nature and involves collaborative work with Strathclyde University's Law School. The cluster has a funded programme of work including research into Mediation as a process of dispute resolution within the sphere of construction disputes, as well as the role of construction lawyers and participants within the process. The cluster is also actively engaged in research focusing on Concurrent Delay Analysis and Adjudication. Staff are part of the developing academic community researching Construction Dispute Resolution and have published extensively in international and national journals. .
Urban Design Studies Unit (UDSU)
The areas of expertise of the Unit are urban morphology, urban modelling at neighbourhood and public space scale, the relationships between people and space, community engagement in urban renewal. Recent research focuses on generative urban processes at the scale of the neighbourhood, block and plot; and urbanism, the comparative study of urban form in different geographic locations and historic periods. Staff publish widely and sit on the editorial boards of journals such as Environment and Planning B and Urban Design International. Some are members of groups such as the International Association for People Environment Studies, Environmental Structure Research Group and the Academy of Urbanism.

Department specialisms

Computer-Aided Building Design; Urban Design and modelling; Facilities Design and Planning; Energy and Environment; Architectural Theory; Management & Practice, Sustainability & Technology; Architectural history and Cultural Studies.

Information for international students

Departmental graduate school has international reputation for research and attracts students from many countries. For candidates whose first language is not English, minimum standards of written and spoken English are a TOEFL score of 600 or an IELTS score of 6.5.

Fees and funding

Funding availability varies from year to year. Contact Director of Research for latest information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Nina Baker
+44 (0)141 548 2117