PhD in Creative Practice in Architecture

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

This programme is aimed at design professionals who wish to advance their discipline through the act of practice and within the workplace. Its aim is to encourage and enable those who are at the forefront of creative practice to undertake research through design focusing on specialisms developed through practice and to fill the current void of doctoral-level practitioners in the discipline.

  • Candidates are expected to be in employment and the work that they are carrying out there counts as work for the PhD.
  • Candidates will have a good first and second degree in Architecture (commonly known as Part 1 and 2).
  • Applications must be supported by a portfolio of design work carried out in practice and demonstrating a high level of achievement, a maturing set of core skills and a developing ‘position’ in terms of design philosophy and approaches. ‘Achievement’ will be the completion of peer reviewed buildings, projects or competition entries, exhibited or published at a ‘national’ level.
  • A minimum of three years in practice will be required.

Research training is offered at bi-annual design symposia within the School. The final assessment is via a portfolio of design work of original composition presented as an exhibition with an accompanying written commentary of 40,000 – 50,000 words prepared for the viva voce examination.

Available 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time.

To apply, see

The Programme Leader is Prof Wayne Forster:
All enquiries to Katrina Lewis:



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

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