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 are at the forefront of research on how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world.
In keeping with the University’s strategic aims, we have developed strong links with industry, numerous European and international connections, and a capability to undertake trans-disciplinary research that integrates sustainable design, engineering and technology and cultural enquiry from local, regional, and global perspectives.
Research activities within the Department of Architecture are centred on two key areas:
- Sustainability and the Built Environment
- Urbanism and Global Cities
Our research groups continue to evolve, reflecting emerging issues in architectural design, cultural enquiry, sustainability and urbanism.
Research clusters & units
- Architectural Design & Conservation
- Architecture & Urbanism in the Global South
- Construction Law
- Design & Sustainability
- Digital Construction
- Urban Design
You can also apply to study in the new Built Environment Futures (bE Futures) Centre for Doctoral Training
To learn more about our Research Clusters and Research Unit, download the Research at the Department of Architecture Booklet.
How to do research with us
Study and research opportunities are now available in all of six areas of research.
MRes, MPhil & PhD
We welcome applications for PhD, MPhil or MRes study. Students can study towards an MRes or an MPhil in one year. The MRes includes a large component of taught classes with a significant research project, with the MPhil the emphasis is more on the research project. Students study towards a PhD for three to four years. See all the Research Opportunities available at the Department of Architecture or search for all Funded and Non-funded Postgraduate Research Opportunities
Check out all Scholarships & funding opportunities, including PhD opportunities for company employees
Minimum 2.1 Honours degree in Architecture, Construction, or any related degree approved by Head of Department.