University of Huddersfield

Architecture and the Built Environment (PhD)

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A PhD is a three year full-time or six year part-time programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words. We also accept applications for PhD projects which are practice-orientated and which include portfolio submissions. These include practice submissions with written components. You will receive guidance from your supervisory team as to the percentage equivalents between the practice and written elements of your research project.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • A Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Course Details

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Research Topics-
Architecture and Narrative: Analysis, Design and Representation
Contemporary urban and rural development and heritage in developing countries
Cross-cultural Architectural Design Education and Practice
Design of Socially Responsible and Environmentally Sustainable Urban and Rural Built Environment in Developing Countries
Development, implementation and evaluation of Benefits Realisation processes and practices across sectors and building / infrastructure projects and programmes
Disaster risk governance
Evidence Based Design in Healthcare
Examination and evaluation of New Product Development Processes across projects, programmes and different sectors
Front end design issues, requirements capture and management
Global warming at the extremes and impacts on the built environment and people
Lean Construction and Building Information Modelling in SMEs
Reality Computing in Architecture and Built Environment
Tapestry as metaphor for collective memory project
The Transdisciplinary Studio: The Site of Production in Art, Design & Architecture
The limits of thermal comfort and impacts of air movement and/or radiant heat exchange
The limits of thermal comfort and impacts of air movement and/or radiant heat exchange
Tourism impacts and vulnerability to natural hazards
Urban Commons and the City
Waste in design – a Lean Construction Perspective
Wayfinding in the design of hospitals

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