You can study an MPhil or an MRes over the course of one year or a PhD over the course of three years.
You can study any option in your choice of our research groups:
- Architectural Design & Conservation
- Architecture & Urbanism in the Global South
- Construction Law
- Digital Construction
- Design & Sustainability
- Urban Design
You can also apply to study in the Built Environment Futures (bE Futures) Centre for Doctoral Training.
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.
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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.
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Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.
Dr Huyam Abudib
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 Donagh Horgan
Only when I arrived at the University of Strathclyde did I realise what a prestigious institution I was joining, and the top-class facilities provided.
In addition to advancing my initiative, I get to make new research networks - the researchers’ group, wider academia, and end-user organisations - which is amazing. I am also utilising the opportunity to further enhance my research, organisational, personal, intellectual, and academic skills to support career development through the university’s researcher and academic development programmes.
Our research in architecture reflects the multi- and trans-disciplinary nature of architecture and urbanism and 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're at the forefront of research on how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world.
Have a look at research areas of our academic staff:
- Andrew Agapiou
- Zhen Chen
- Branka Dimitrijevic
- Cristina Gonzalez-Longo
- David Grierson
- Stirling Howieson
- Lori McElroy
- Grainne McGill
- Sergio Porta
- Ombretta Romice
- Ashraf Salama
- Tim Sharpe
Support & development
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
An ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate is a mandatory requirement for some postgraduate students in science, engineering and technology.