36 months
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The Built Environment (Practice-based) at the University of New South Wales is aimed at practitioners operating within or across the broad range of disciplines represented in the faculty, from architecture and design to planning and construction.  


A Practice-based PhD is available across all disciplines represented in the Faculty of Built Environment: Architecture, City Planning, Computational Design, Construction Management and Property, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

The programme  

In the same way as a traditional PhD, the primary aim of the Built Environment (Practice-based) at the University of New South Wales is to contribute new knowledge to the field through systematic investigation. A candidate has the opportunity to apply the research value of the knowledge, skills and methodologies developed as a practitioner within a broader framework of critical enquiry and analysis. 

It is expected that the candidate will generate a new body of ideas-based/creative work (the Project) and a written work (the Dissertation) that together will make an original contribution to knowledge within the field.

Programme Structure

  • The Project may take one of a number of different forms, for example: architectural design, urban design and planning, construction methods and technologies, industrial design, interior design and landscape design. It could also cross a number of disciplines. 
  • The chosen medium can also vary, for example it might take the form of objects, drawings, plans, prototypes, models, creative text, digital fabrication, film, virtual reality or a combination of these.  

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


144 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS 009536F 

  • Appropriate undergraduate degree with first or upper second class honours or a completed Masters by Research degree, or academic qualification(s) considered equivalent.
  • Candidates may be admitted to the PhD program after one year's full tim enrolment in a Masters by Research program with the approval of the Faculty Higher Degree Research Committee.
  • In exceptional cases an applicant who submits evidence of such other academic and professional qualifications, as may be approved by the Faculty’s Higher Degree Committee, may be permitted to enrol for the degree. English language requirements apply.  

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Canberra

1425 - 2504 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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