UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Sustainable Heritage MPhil/PhD

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage offers its students a research environment of the highest standard.

PhD research

As an MPhil or PhD student at ISH, you will work with people and partners that are engaged with real-world heritage projects and issues. You’ll collaborate with a wide range of academic disciplines, many of them linked to the UCL Cultural Heritage Network. And you’ll conduct research that has the potential to command an audience and an influence far beyond UCL, London and the UK.

Our research has won many plaudits. The Smithsonian Institution has called it ‘world-leading’. In 2010, with others, we were awarded the Europa Nostra Grand Prix for Research, for the Noah’s Ark project studying the effects of climate change on heritage buildings and sites. And our partners on research projects include an array of outstanding organisations in industry, heritage and policy.

Applications will open shortly for the 23/24 academic year.

About you

Students should have a UK bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, awarded with first-class or upper second-class (2:1) honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institute.

For those applicants with a first or 2:1, possession of a master's degree is highly desirable, though not essential; in exceptional cases, where they have other suitable research experience, candidates without a master's degree may be admitted.

In all cases, your application should include a sufficiently strong and convincing proposal, and those holding a master's degree are typically well prepared to provide one. Applicants who have a lower second-class honours bachelor's degree (2:2) must possess a relevant master's degree.

Why choose The Bartlett?

We are:

  • Be part of The Bartlett, as the #1 for Architecture/Built Environment studies in the UK and #3 in the World (QS World University Rankings 2022), we are host to students from over 40 countries, giving a unique opportunity to work across disciplinary boundaries.
  • Based in central London, close to world-leading architectural, engineering and creative practices, many of whom are partners
  • Host to students from over 40 nations, many of them among the most sought-after in the world for their drive, creativity, and skill
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