Entry requirements

For research degrees, you'll need to hold a Master's degree, or equivalent experience.

Supervisors interview prospective research students to ensure good supervisory match and to help with funding applications. Most interviews take place over Zoom. UK-based applicants may also be invited to campus

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

Research in architecture seeks to redefine both the role of the architect and established practices, within a constantly changing social, cultural and environmental landscapes. Our research degrees advance fields of enquiry into theory and history of architecture as a practice, responsible design, community architecture, architectural heritage and urban design, sustainable buildings, and virtual architecture.

At York, our research identifies how design can empower communities, preserve and develop heritage spaces, and contribute meaningfully to informed, inclusive and sustainable futures. We welcome applications from home, practice and international candidates to undertake their PhD/MPhil studies at York School of Architecture. We collaborate with disciplines across the University and external partners to challenge current practices and enrich expertise across four interconnected areas:

  • Architectural heritage, historic cities and urban regeneration
  • Community architecture, housing and social policy
  • Sustainable architecture, ecological landscape, and Net-zero cities
  • Creative technologies, AI and virtual futures.

Information for international students

We also offer the option of enrolling in a PhD in Architecture by distance learning. You'll have the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world. You'll attend online research skills training sessions in your first year and have supervision and progression meetings online.

You will need to attend two weeks of on-campus attendance per academic year. This includes registration and induction, training, meetings with the thesis advisory panel and our annual PhD Progression Day.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem
(44) 1904 32 5423