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Architecture, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #10 (QS) ,
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About

There are four separate 'streams' of the programme, each with a Department Graduate Tutor.Architectural Design: This 'stream' encourages the development of architectural research through the combination of designing and writing. Students present a thesis consisting of a project and a text that share a research theme and a productive relationship. The project may be drawn, filmed, built, or make use of whatever media is appropriate.Architectural and Urban History and Theory: The range of research topics undertaken is broad, including historical studies of Western architecture and cities post-1800, with particular focus on the 20th century; architectural thought and aesthetics; the history of architectural and urban space; critical theory and architectural history; cities and their representations.Architectural Space and Computation: With its empirical base, the 'stream' is aimed at researchers seeking to advance knowledge by studying the relations between spatial patterns and social outcomes, and between architectural design knowledge and computation.

Architecture and Digital Theory: This 'stream' allows students to produce original research in areas related to computational tools applied to design, regardless of scale, historical timeframe, or methodological approach.

he Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) consists of a piece of supervised research, normally undertaken over a period of three years full-time. Assessment is by means of a thesis, which should demonstrate your capacity to pursue original research based upon a good understanding of the research techniques and concepts appropriate to the discipline.

Initially, you will be registered for the MPhil degree. If you wish to proceed to a PhD, you will be required to pass an 'Upgrade' assessment. The purpose of the upgrade is to assess your progress and ability to complete your PhD programme to a good standard and in a reasonable time frame. It is expected that a full-time student will attempt upgrade within 18 months of registration.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Architectural Design: architecture; architectural design research; architectural education; conceptual design; building design; architectural technology and fabrication; digital innovations in architecture.
  • Architectural History and Theory: historical studies of Western architecture and cities post-1800, with particular focus on the 20th century; architectural thought and aesthetics; the history of architectural and urban space; critical theory and architectural history; cities and their representations.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    62

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard. A Master’s degree or equivalent is highly desirable.

English Language Requirements
  • If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
  • The English language level for this programme is: Standard
International students
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    20570 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20570 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5210 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5210 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • UK/EU: £5,210 (FT) £2,605 (PT) 
  • Overseas: £20,570 (FT) £10,440 (PT)

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Henry Herbert Bartlett Travel Scholarship
  • Value: £400 (1 year)
  • Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas students
  • Criteria: Based on academic merit

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