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Architecture, PhD

Lancaster University
3 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
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Architecture, PhD

The topic of your PhD at the Lancaster School of Architecture can be drawn from of a wide range of topics within architecture and the built environment and we actively welcome interdisciplinary PhD subjects. As a PhD student, you will normally be supervised by two experienced staff members, one of whom will be in the School of Architecture and will be an expert in your academic field.

Frequently, a second supervisor will be selected from a different discipline, depending upon your chosen subject focus. Your supervisory team is selected to give the best possible academic support for your topic and hence each supervisory team is as individual as you are. During the period of your doctoral studies, your supervisory team will be there to provide structured guidance, advice, support and encouragement through regular supervisory meetings.

In the past our team has supervised PhD projects on the growth of spontaneous, informal settlements; using tracking sensors to measure interaction dynamics in the workplace; people’s cognition and experience of urban environments; using eye-tracking to understand the effect of visual stimuli on how we move through cities; the relationship between urban design and electric vehicle infrastructure; the effect of the spatial layout of museums and galleries on memory and attention; the use of a smart phone, game environment, to investigate the effect of landmarks in city design.

As a PhD student based in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) and part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), you will be part of a multidisciplinary community of research students, able to participate in seminars, reading groups, conferences, and research training courses. We also offer opportunities to study for a certificate in higher education teaching.

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Lancaster University

Lancaster University is located in the northwest of England near the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool. It was established in 1964 as a collegiate university with a reputation for innovation. Lancaster is one of the few UK universities to...

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Why study at Lancaster University

With nearly 50 years of experience in international higher education, LdM is dedicated to delivering high-quality learning opportunities to students from around the globe. By expanding their knowledge and understanding of the world, LdM challenges students to evolve within the global community, focusing on the lessons of past and present cultures to cultivate a better tomorrow. Through experiential learning at both of our sites in Italy, LdM fosters students’ professional and personal development and empowers them to move towards their academic and career goals.

Our Core Values:
1) Learning is Empowerment

LdM upholds both traditional and innovative educational approaches in higher education, complemented by experiential learning practices. LdM is dedicated to the empowerment of students as active participants in the learning process.

2) Professional Skills

LdM cultivates innovation through interdisciplinary projects and collaboration within targeted professional sectors, so that students achieve the real-world skills necessary to meet the challenges of their respective fields.

3) Cultural Diversity

As an educational and cultural institution, LdM believes in fostering diversity in a dynamic, international environment composed of faculty, staff, and students from over 100 different countries, providing equal and open access to educational opportunities.

4) Community Engagement

We are global citizens. LdM believes in community engagement and creates opportunities for meaningful interaction between international students and the Italian community in which they live and study. LdM is committed to creating an atmosphere of trust, safety and respect in an environment characterized by a rich diversity of people and ideas.

5) Personal Growth

LdM is dedicated to providing students with a foundational academic understanding of a broad range of disciplines, assisting and promoting their professional and personal growth.

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Lancaster University

Lancaster University, Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster


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