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Architectural History and Theory, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
A research degree in Architecture (PhD, MPhil) carried out under the supervision of a member of the Architectural History and Theory Group research group.


The work of the Architectural History and Theory Group (AHTG) embraces a wide range of interests, as reflected in its research projects, publications, and other activities. They are linked by a common concern with understanding the histories and theories of architecture - including its practice, making and education - within the situated realities of its cultures and contexts.

Students enrolling for an MPhil or PhD become members of the School’s Architectural History and Theory Group (AHTG). The group, which forms the core of our research community, holds regular seminars and provides a lively and intimate forum for the discussion of ideas among staff and students.

The AHTG organises international conferences, and the following research journals are edited by members of the group: Architectural Research Quarterly, MADE, and South Asian Studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The work of the Architectural History and Theory Group (AHTG), as reflected in its research projects, publications, and other activities, embraces a wide range of interests linked by a common concern to understand the histories and theories of architecture—and its practice, making and education—within the situated realities of its varied cultures and contexts.

Through conferences, exhibitions, design, pedagogy, and editorships the Group aims to augment the impact of its research on society, education and practice. In recent years, for example, the Group has hosted international conferences exploring the themes of Primitive, Quality, and Economy. Regular WSA seminars provide a lively forum for the exchange of ideas among staff and students.

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • We are seeking to admit students whose potential to benefit from our research-led learning and teaching can be demonstrated through a range of qualifications and achievements.
  • You will need to satisfy to the relevant Admissions Tutor that you have met, or will meet, the necessary academic and non-academic criteria required for the programme of study. Able applicants who have not followed a focused programme of study will also be considered. Applications are considered on their individual merits.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Cardiff

  • 628 - 1070 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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