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MPhil/PhD Architecture- Research Opportunities

MPhil/PhD 3 Years FT, up to 8 Years PT. School of Architecture & Design Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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Researchers in the School of Architecture & Design contribute to an
interdisciplinary community working to advance architectural knowledge and address the emerging issues facing professionals in the sector.

A structured programme of research training enables you to develop the skills and competencies you require for your study and future career. An experienced supervisory team offers expertise and guidance on your research and you will be supported to apply for funding, attend conferences and publish your work. Exceptional students may have the opportunity to contribute to undergraduate
teaching at the University.

The School of Architecture & Design is recognised for its expertise in the fields of sustainability, liveable cities, cultural contexts and habitat. Academic research in the School is informed by the latest developments and debates in industry.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Main areas of research include:

  • History and Theory of Architecture and Design
  • Urban Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Shelter, Development and Regeneration
  • Participatory Design
  • Exhibition and Event Design and Management
  • Interior Design
  • Heritage and Conservation
  • Museum and Exhibition Design
  • Communicative Environment.

How You Study

Research students normally have two internal supervisors with specialist knowledge of their subject areas, and they have regular meetings with them for advice, monitoring and other support. Students are introduced to the relevant research methods through taught units and they are encouraged to give presentations to postgraduate seminars, which are held regularly throughout the year.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment is via the submission of a final thesis and, in some cases, an accompanying written or oral testimony, dependent on the award.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree in architecture or a related subject.

Key Contacts

Sally Cox

01522 837184


The School of Architecture & Design is based in an award-winning building designed by Rick Mather. It includes state-of-the-art studios and workshops, designated study spaces for postgraduate students, and access to professional-standard architectural equipment, such as CAD and modelling facilities.

Career and Personal Development

Graduates go on to establish and develop careers at senior levels in architecture and design-related industries. Those successfully completing an MPhil may progress to further study at PhD level. Postgraduate research is an important qualification for a career in research or academia.


2014/15 Entry* UK/EU International
Full-time £4,211 £13,871
Part-time £2,106 £6,936


2015/16 Entry* UK/EU International
Full-time £4,337 £14,703
Part-time £2,169 £7,352
Thesis Pending £629 £1,282

* Academic year September- July

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Taught

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable for students commencing August and September. Fees will be charged pro-rata for enrolments October through to July. For example, if the relevant full time fee is £4088 and you first enrol in November, your tuition fees will be (£4088/12)*9 = £3066

 All continuing students are required to re-enrol no later than September of each academic year. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students each academic year (including continuing students that re-enrol later than September).

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required. 

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.

Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.