Ph.D. On Campus

Architecture by Design

The University of Edinburgh

36 months
21150 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Architecture by Design programme offered by The University of Edinburgh provides you the opportunity to pursue design-led research at the highest level. 


The words ‘by design’ refer to your mode of:

  • research
  • practice
  • exegesis

Therefore, it is important to understand how your ‘by design’ method informs and directs a thesis over a particular research duration, and how the development of your ‘by design’ methodology is not only an important aspect of the thetic process, but also important to how your thesis is finally presented.

Facilities of the  Architecture by Design programme offered by The University of Edinburgh

Our full facilities will be available to you, including extensive digital and specific material workshops. You will have the opportunity to contribute to our healthy design presentation culture, print and e-publication output, international debate across a range of design-related fields and the organisation of symposia and conferences.

Programme Structure

This PhD can be pursued through many lines and techniques of architectural inquiry, spanning:

  • design
  • buildings
  • technology
  • history
  • sustainability
  • conservation
  • theory
  • criticism
  • city
  • visuality
  • communication
  • philosophy
  • politics
  • environment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a UK masters degree or its international equivalent.
  • You must submit a portfolio as part of your application.
  • If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your portfolio and/or relevant professional experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21150 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 36 months.

PhD PT fees

  • International - £10,575
  • Home: £2,250

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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