This programme allows students to develop their own research and/or design to an advanced level over a period of three months or part-time over a longer period.
In architecture, research and practice go hand in hand, with ground-breaking design inspiring great research and vice versa. This three-month programme allows students to develop their own research and/or design to an advanced level, ready to push new boundaries and change normalised modes of working either in academia or industry.
Many students on this programme work with their tutors to clarify a PhD proposal. Students are allocated an individual tutor who works with them to define an appropriate mode of research and submission, which may take the form of a physical or drawn piece, a personal exhibition or a written piece that could be extended into a conference paper or journal article.
Students are encouraged to attend open lectures and ‘crits’ (critiques of their work), and enjoy full use of The Bartlett's workshop, computer clusters and library.
“The programme allowed me to delve into some of the questions that inevitably come up in architectural practice but on which too little time is allowed for reflection. It gave me the opportunity to critically assess my own experiences and develop my own professional outlook which has helped guide my career ever since.
Chris Hildrey, Director, Hildrey Studio
“The programme was a key first step for me to begin to establish an academic and research career. It gave me the time and space to develop ideas from my Master’s thesis. It also gave me access to world class tuition, workshops and knowledge resources as well the opportunity to exhibit my work and patriciate in international conferences.
Sam McElhinney, Director of Architecture, Canterbury School of Architecture
Modes and duration
Students can choose to study full-time over three months or part-time over two years. In either case, students can begin the programme in September or January.
Who should apply?
The standard minimum qualifications are a Master’s degree in architecture from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or an equivalent professional architecture or design qualification.
We can only accept students who have met the UCL English language requirements before the programme commences.
Programme Director: Professor Stephen Gage
For key information, including how to apply, visit the UCL Graduate Prospectus.architecture