PhD, MPhil, MRes Architecture

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Research opportunities

The Department of Architecture's research portfolio is varied, covering the vast area between buildings and cities performance analysis, assessment and design. Our research staff bring to this area a rich tapestry of specific interests and expertise which our PhD students complement and help expand.

We are keen to receive applications from prospective students that match both our current areas and individual expertise. We are also interested in receiving proposals that bring new questions to the table. 

Who we are: our research

The research and innovative expertise of the Department  of Architecture spans:

  • humanities
  • physical and social sciences, addressing design for resilient energy and healthy environments and systems
  • building performance and evaluation
  • urban science analytics and design
  • retrofit, conservation and heritage

Our research reflects the multi and trans-disciplinary nature of architecture and urbanism. It focuses on real-world problems and improving peoples’ lives. We're leading the way to a more sustainable future in response to government, industry and societal needs and we are at the forefront of research on how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising climate-changed world.

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Strathclyde Research Studentship Scheme (SRSS)

Strathclyde Research Studentship Scheme (SRSS) doctoral studentships are available annually for excellent students and excellent research projects.  There are two main sources of funding: Central University funding, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - Doctoral Training Partnership (EPSRC - DTP) funding.

The SRSS 2023/2024 competition will open in Autumn 2022 and students successful in this competition will commence studies in October 2023. Faculties will set their own internal deadlines for the competition.

Academics/Supervisors make the applications for this scheme and there are various deadlines across the Department/Schools and Faculties, therefore, in the first instance, all interested students should contact the Department/School where they would like to carry out their research.

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Funding:

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MRes/MPhil Interdisciplinary Excellence Awards 2023-24

These master's-level (MRes or MPhil) bursaries are being funded by Research and Knowledge Exchange Services, to facilitate applications to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)'s Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland, the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH).

The awards are intended to promote interdisciplinary collaboration: preference will be given to research projects with two supervisors from different disciplinary backgrounds, who may, or may not, be located within the same department or faculty. We encourage innovative collaborations within the arts and humanities, and with colleagues in social science, science and engineering.

This competition provides the Home postgraduate research student fee for 1 year (Full-time) or 2 years (Part-time).

International candidates are welcome to apply but they must be able to demonstrate that they can fund the difference between the Home fee and the International fee (approximately £11,300 for 2023/24 entry).

Students undertaking an MRes must start their studies on 1st October 2023. This start date cannot be deferred.

Deadline:

16 June 2023

Funding:

Funded

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

Our students

Our students come from a range of International and national Universities and practices, providing a vibrant jigsaw of viewpoints and bringing to the table really interesting and important challenges. This is what makes our PGR cohort so special. 

Anosh's story

Anosh travelled from Pakistan to study his Masters degree at Strathclyde. Watch his story in the video below to find out why he stayed to do a PhD in Architecture!

Any student who comes in, they are part of a research community and a thriving research culture, which is supported by professional development programs, research workshops and courses that are offered by the Department of Architecture.

Students' research

Below you can explore some of our postgraduate students' research. This small exhibition features students at different stages of their progress as well as some more established ‘journeys’.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

 

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Scotland
  • 2023/24: £4,712
  • 2022/23: £4,596
England, Wales & Northern Ireland
  • 2023/24: £4,712
  • 2022/23: £4,596
International
  • £21,200
Funding

Each studentship covers the tuition fee for Scottish/EU students, or international fee for many awards, and provides a maintenance grant of at least £13,836 a year, for up to three and a half years.

Take a look at our funding your postgraduate research web page for funding information.

You can also view our scholarships search for further funding opportunities.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Available postgraduate research opportunities:

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

Additional costs

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Dr Huyam Abudib, PhD Architecture student
My journey at Strathclyde University is not only about facilities, courses, and awards, it is about challenges and opportunities that only come through thoughtful, talented, friendly, and outstanding people. I wholeheartedly encourage you to join our PhD programme. You will have incomparable lifetime research and academic experience.
Dr Huyam Abudib
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Supervisors

Architecture, Technology & Environmental Systems

SupervisorInterests
Tim Sharpe
  • Low and zero-carbon buildings
  • Indoor air quality, health and ventilation in buildings
Stirling Howieson
  • Solar-powered inventions that address the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Optimising the conflict between energy efficiency and indoor air quality
  • Housing design to accommodate a 3-metre sea level rise in the 21st century
Pieter de Wilde
  • Building occupant behaviour
  • Climate change adapation
  • Performance-based design
  • Biodiversity, animals and buildings
Grainne McGill
  • Large-scale monitoring of indoor air quality, chemical exposure and overheating potential in modern homes using low-cost sensors and sampling techniques
  • SMART energy efficient indoor air quality management strategies, AI-enabled intelligent ventilation systems / sensor-based ventilation control, performance and reliability of mechanical ventilation long-term
  • Impact of home ventilation and indoor air pollution exposure on measured health outcomes of vulnerable groups.
  • Impact of ventilation, building airtightness and glazing on the indoor microbiome
  • Energy-efficient indoor climate control for optimised health
Sonja Oliveira
  • Architecture & energy: spatial behaviours, energy demand, energy justice, sociotechnical approaches, multidimensional approaches, performance
  • Net-zero sesign systems & processes: sociology of design in low carbon architecture practice, design innovation, visual methods
  • Nature-based approaches, multispecies environments, experimental architecture inspired by biology
  • Infrastructures & derelict spaces: Retrofit, communication, Reuse, Imagination
Linda Toledo
  • Adaptive housing design: optimising adaptive comfort and adaptive behaviour
  • Modern low energy and net zero dwellings' performance evaluation
  • Healthy buildings: tackling overheating in modern flats
  • Resilience to climate change within the built environment
  • Energy-efficient indoor climate control for optimised health
Alejandro Moreno-Rangel
  • Passivhaus: indoor environment, net zero/positive, indoor air quality, health
  • Indoor environment, particularly indoor air quality and thermal comfort, health issues related to
  • Net zero buildings, particularly residential design, behaviour, performance gap, retrofit, building performance evaluation
  • Use of design research methods to support net-zero: behaviours, building interactions/relationships
  • Energy-efficient indoor climate control for optimised health
Lori McElroy
  • Building energy performance appraisal, modelling and monitoring to minimise performance gaps
  • Retrofitting of existing buildings and places, avoiding unintended consequences for better health outcomes, fuel poverty alleviation
  • Designing better environments for vulnerable people and older people with sensory and cognitive impairment
  • Net-zero buildings: design, understanding behaviour, performance gap, retrofit, building performance envaluation
  • Built environment, planning and energy policy and future legislation
David Grierson
  • Space - Nature - Syntax
  • Child - Nature - Distance
Mike Grant  

Urban Design & Analytics

SupervisorInterests
Ombretta Romice
  • Design codes: history, rationale, future applications
  • How we perceive urban environments: innovative methods and techniques for large scale study and comparisons; implications for design and policy
  • Research on the impact of urban form on various aspects of quality of urban life
  • Mapping perceived quality in the built environment (for example in terms of perceived beauty, safety, liveliness) and investigating its relationship with urban form 
  • The relationships between higher education and the profession in urban design: building the case for an international professionalism and educational approach
Sergio Porta  

Conservation & Heritage

SupervisorInterests
Cristina Gonzalez Longo
  • Architectural Conservation
  • Heritage Science
  • Retrofitting

Construction Law & Digital Construction

Supervisor
Andrew Agapiou
Zhen Chen
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Support & development

When you arrive as a newly enrolled student, you'll receive a set of inductions organised by the University via the Doctoral School, the Faculty and the Department. These will help you familiarise yourself with the city and the campus facilities, and the process of conducting research with us.

As part of the PhD, you will be required to complete, over the 3 years, a PgCert in Researcher Development.

The University Also offers an exciting range of activities and courses which you can select to build up both your specialist and general skills for research. From this year, with the help of past students, we have decided to tailor it to Architecture and the Built environment, and also include a set of activities aimed at involving you proactively into the life of the Department of Architecture.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD). 

This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.

It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:

  • knowledge and intellectual abilities to conduct your research
  • personal qualities to succeed in your research and chosen career
  • standards, requirements and conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
  • working with others and communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences

All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.

Find out more about the PgCert RPD programme.

Careers

The University Careers Service can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have a wide range of support for all students here at Strathclyde. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

Studying in the Department of Architecture

Students conduct the majority of their work in the Postgraduate Research Suite, where each has a dedicated desk with IT facilities and comfortable personal space. Communal areas allow for research group meetings, shared presentations and discussions, both formal and informal. The University also offers a wider range of teaching and meeting spaces which our students use regularly. 

Activities & events

As part of the PGR cohort, you will be often invited to attend wider Departmental events, such as our recent workshop on Urban Morphometrics. These will tend to reflect the research interests within the Department and related stages of development.

Our PGR cohort is extremely active in bringing a range of opportunities to our doorstep, reaching out to the many available across and outside the University, and tailoring them to their particular needs. For example, we have organised sessions on career development, writing effective CVs, Sustainable Development Goals, architectural history, coding, and urban analysis… in fact, we have a fantastic rich calendar of events, again produced and managed by our super talented students.

Models in the Department of Architecture with the text

Activities & events

As part of the postgraduate research (PGR) cohort, you will be often invited to attend wider Departmental events, such as our recent workshop on Urban Morphometrics. These will tend to reflect the research interests within the Department and related stages of development.

Our PGR cohort is extremely active in bringing a range of opportunities to our doorstep, reaching out to the many available across and outside the University, and tailoring them to their particular needs. For example, we have organised sessions on career development, writing effective CVs, Sustainable Development Goals, architectural history, coding, and urban analysis… in fact, we have a fantastic rich calendar of events, again produced and managed by our super talented students.

Student discussions in Department of Architecture.

Disseminating our work

We want our PGR students to disseminate and discuss their work right, front and centre! This is why are encourage them to attend and be involved in the organisation of conferences, put together their own events, and take part in national or international opportunities with colleagues.

As a department, we offer a contribution toward both conferences, which can be matched by the University Travel Fund, and some support towards student-led activities.

Seabo Morobolo

Seabo Morobolo attended the 14th SANORD 2022 International Conference in Polokwane, South Africa in December, 2022 under the theme "Finding Solutions: The nexus between SDGs and South-North Partnerships." She presented a paper titled " Integrating Indigenous Knowledge Systems: possibility or illusion, under the subtheme of Indigenous Knowledge Systems: merging epistemologies."

Dalia Aly 

Dalia Aly attended Sustainability GEN-4 Post COP 27 Conference in Cairo, Egypt in January 2023 with the presentation “The application of facilities management in the management of public parks: the case of Cairo”.

Dalia Aly has also recently won the first prize (Outstanding) in an international competition organised by Building & Cities for videos of their research, to explain ‘why it matters’. Anosh Butt, Madhavi Patil, and Krishnokoli Dutta also had entries. View all the videos at the Buildings & Cities website.

Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent.

The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

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International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

Visit our international students' section

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Entry requirements

You'll need a first-class or upper second-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in any discipline.

Previous research or industrial experience isn't necessary but is advantageous.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees, translated into English where necessary
  • two references, one of which must be academic and obtained before you apply
  • an updated CV which includes research and/or industry experience and details of any publications
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 250 to 1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated

International applicants

If you're applying as an international student, you'll also need to provide:

  • proof of IELTS English language proficiency, if English isn't your first language
  • a scanned copy of your passport
  • a copy of your funding letter, if available

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

Research proposal

Your proposal should clearly identify:

  • your research question
  • how your research question relates to other work in the field
  • your proposed methodology and fieldwork along with the likely availability of information you'll need
  • an indicative timetable

Supervisors

Research supervisors are assigned to you by the Department of Architecture. Let us know in your application who you'd like to work with, but the Department will team you up with the best supervisor to support your project.

Once we've received your application, your research proposal is passed to potential supervisors for consideration. If it's not compatible with the researcher's current projects and they are unable to supervise, it will be passed along to another for consideration. If they can supervise you, they'll confirm and nominate a potential second supervisor.

As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.

When you accept our offer, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you'll have provided.

Accepting an offer

Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

International students

An ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate is a mandatory requirement for some postgraduate students in science, engineering and technology.

Find out if you need an ATAS certificate.

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Contact us

Department of Architecture

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3023

Email: contact-architecture@strath.ac.uk

James Weir Building
75 Montrose Street
Glasgow
G1 1XJ

Application (qualifications, English, sponsorship) + progress of applications

Catriona Mirren

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3097

Email: catriona.mirren@strath.ac.uk

Enquiries about academic proposals and specific research information

Dr Ombretta Romice

Email: ombretta.r.romice@strath.ac.uk