Postgraduate research

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At the Welsh School of Architecture we offer research students an opportunity to work and study alongside internationally recognised academics.

Our research degrees relate to the School’s established reputation in all aspects of sustainability, architectural history and design-led approaches to research.

There are three available research areas:

A list of current and recent PhD and MPhil research students and their projects is available under each research group, listed above.

We are now offering a new PhD in Creative Practice in Architecture available to practicing architects.

For more information, please contact our Research Executive Officer, Ms Katrina Lewis:

Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 6251

The School has recently invested in a dedicated area for research students, the PGR suite. This area provides space for students to study and socialise. In the 2016 Welcome to Cardiff survey, 100% of new postgraduate research students who responded said they were satisfied with their student experience in the first semester.

PhD Studentship available
A full PhD studentship is available, funded by the Welsh School of Architecture. The funding will cover home/EU fees and will provide a stipend at the EPSRC rate (£14,553 for 2017/18) for three years.

Application deadline: 7th April 2017. To start: 1st October 2017.
Overseas applicants can apply but must be able to fund the difference between the home/EU fee and the overseas fee from alternative sources of funding.
PhD proposals that fit within the following themes are welcome:

  • Architectural Science
  • Conservation and Heritage
  • Digital Design
  • Design Research
  • People and the Built Environment
  • Urban Design and Cities

To apply, email your CV, covering letter and research proposal to Katrina Lewis:
The suggested length for the research proposal is 2 sides of A4 and should include:

  • Title (encapsulating the research topic and its scope)
  • Research aim
  • Research context (why you think this aim is worth pursuing)
  • Research design and methodology (an outline of how you propose to conduct the research)
  • Possible outcomes (the value of the research results)
  • Resources and possible obstacles.


Find out how to apply, what our admissions criteria is and get advice about writing a personal statement.

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