Our PhD and MPhil courses offer the opportunity to carry out a significant body of research, in a discipline related to the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment. As part of the application process, you'll submit a research proposal, and we'll work to match your themes, objectives and scope to a member of our broad academic team. You'll join a thriving community of postgraduate researchers, based at our City Campus.
Who is this course designed for?
Our PhD and MPhil routes are suitable for professionals working in a related industry; we offer a part-time as well as the full-time study route, enabling you to fit study around employment. The expected length of your studies will extend according to how much time you commit to your research.
The PhD and MPhil routes are also suitable for high-achieving honours (undergraduate) graduates, enabling those who complete an undergraduate qualification to pursue a route into postgraduate research. This opens up opportunities for significant career progression, and is a route into employment in academia.
Why study this course?
Our flexible study options support part-time learners, who wish to balance employment with further study. Significant academic support and guidance is in place to help students returning to study after extended periods in employment, and students who are pursuing high-level study for the first time.
Benefit from our industry-standard facilities in our Maudslay building. You'll be allocated desk space, and have hands-on access to our workshops and laboratories, supported by our team of expert technicians
You'll have a team of academic support staff to help focus your research and prepare for key milestones throughout your studies. You'll have regular meetings and be allocated time with your lead supervisor, and a small team of co-supervisors, benefiting from their academic expertise, active research, links to industry and significant experience of working in practice.
Take part in a series of professional researcher training seminars through our NTU Doctorate Plus Programme.This combines general research training with specific topics, associated with your discipline. The training focuses on the requirements of external research funding bodies and government requirements. We also provide a structured programme of transferable skills training and career development. This is informed by the work of Vitae, the national organisation which supports researchers throughout their careers.
Study at a university with an outstanding reputation for producing world-leading research. In 2015, we were awarded the prestigious Queens Anniversary Prize, a scheme which recognises and promotes world-class excellence and achievement in universities and colleges in the UK. In the most recent Research Excellent Framework 2014, 90% of our research was judged to be 'world-leading', 'internationally excellent', or 'internationally-recognised'.
Gain inspiration and meet other researchers by attending our series of inaugural lectures. Running throughout the academic year, inaugural lectures are an opportunity hear from world-leading researchers and prestigious leaders in their field.
Benefit from peer-to-peer learning by joining a community of postgraduate researchers, based at our City Campus. You'll share desk space and facilities, enabling cross-discipline working and sharing of research. Our research students benefit from becoming student ambassadors or course representatives, and a structured series of research seminars further consolidates the course community.
Apply for our comprehensive offering of studentships and research bursaries, to support you financially while you study.
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For more information about how our research courses compare with one another, and how they compare with our postgraduate taught courses, take a look at our information on choosing the right postgraduate course for you.