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What will I learn?

Overview

Research in the area of architecture is carried out by specialist centres. The majority of academic staff belong to one or more of these and research students can expect to join a small team working on particular problems.

  • Architecture

Research areas and themes where we are able to offer supervision include:

  • City depiction, design, and description
  • Architectural pedagogy, and design studio culture
  • Digital architecture, fabrication, and design research
  • Rethinking sustainable practice: adaptation, conservation, and architecture
  • Visualisation; augmented reality; 3D modelling; integrated project delivery; virtualisation
  • Architectural design as cultural product
  • The city as consumer
  • Structure as space: architecture, geometry, technology

A member of staff, who will be an expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. As a research student you'll become part of our thriving academic community.

A PhD by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge; the ethos of originality and innovation is fundamental to our work in architecture. A research degree is of course different from a taught course, and research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from their supervisory team.

Employability

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills, in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in the range of research methodologies is available through the frequent research seminars held on campus.

When necessary, the research student can audit modules in relevant Masters courses available within the School and, in particular, modules on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University (or externally) aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.

In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers as academics, writers, critics, and progressive professional practitioners.

Employability

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills, in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in the range of research methodologies is available through the frequent research seminars held on campus. When necessary, the research student can audit modules in relevant Masters courses available within the School and, in particular, modules on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University (or externally) aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas. In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers as academics, writers, critics, and progressive professional practitioners.

Which department am I in?

School of The Built Environment and Architecture

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£14,900.00 (15,26,448) per year
Fee may vary depending upon the course start date.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2021, October 2021, November 2021

Venue

Southwark Campus

103 Borough Road,

Kensington and Chelsea,

London,

SE1 0AA, England

Online/Distance (6 years)

Tuition fees
£4,530.00 (4,64,081) per year
Fee may vary depending upon the course start date.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2021, October 2021, November 2021

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants for a Research Degree programme at LSBU are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's level. Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level. You will be invited to an interview with your potential supervisor, in person or by telephone, prior to an offer being made.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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