MPhil/PhD Architecture - Research Opportunities

University of Lincoln
MPhil: 1-4 years, PhD: 2-6 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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About this program

MPhil/PhD Architecture - Research Opportunities

Researchers in the Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment contribute to an interdisciplinary community working to advance architectural knowledge and address emerging issues facing professionals in the sector. These can include cultural, social, and spatial characteristics of the built environment and communities, history and theory of architecture, urban design, environmental design, and sustainable built environments.

A structured programe of research skills training enables students to develop the competencies required for their study and future career. Assessment is via the submission of a final thesis and, depending on the award, an accompanying written or oral testimony.

An experienced supervisory team is appointed to offer expertise and guidance, as well as support in applying for funding, attending conferences, and publishing work.

Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

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First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programe of study.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Research Areas and Topics

We conduct research in a range of areas, covering many topics including:

  • History and theory of architecture and design
  • Sustainable environments
  • Low energy building design
  • Building performance analysis
  • Post occupancy evaluation
  • Health and wellbeing of citizens
  • Whole life performance of buildings
  • Housing
  • Historical infrastructure and cities
  • Anthropology and heritage.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the University of Lincoln website for more information.



Full Time

  • Home: £4,596
  • International: £16,400


  • Home: £ 2,298
  • International: £8,200


Full Time

  • Home: £4,712
  • International: £16,700


  • Home: £ 2,356
  • International: £8,350


How You Study

Research students normally have two internal supervisors with specialist knowledge of their subject areas, and they have regular meetings with them for advice, monitoring, and other support. Students are introduced to the relevant research methods through taught units and are encouraged to give presentations to postgraduate seminars, which are held regularly throughout the year.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisor, but the frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of programe.

Research areas in the School include history and theory of architecture, urban design, environmental design, construction science and management, and sustainable built environments.

Career paths

A doctoral qualification can be the capstone of academic achievement and often marks the beginning of a career in academia or research. A research programe provides the opportunity to become a true expert in your chosen field, while developing a range of valuable transferable skills that can support your career progression. A research-based degree is also the most direct pathway to an academic career. PhDs and research degrees are a great chance to expand your network and meet diverse people with similar interests, knowledge, and passion.

The University's Doctoral School provides a focal point for Lincoln's community of researchers, where ideas and experiences can be developed and shared across disciplines. It also offers support and training to help equip you for both academic and non-academic careers.

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University of Lincoln

Brayford Pool
LN6 7TS Lincoln

Phone no: +44 (0)1522 835 528

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