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Course summary

The Architecture by Design PhD offers you the opportunity to pursue design-led research at the highest level. The words ‘by design’ refer to your mode of:

  • research
  • practice
  • exegesis
Therefore, it is important to understand how your ‘by design’ method informs and directs a thesis over a particular research duration, and how the development of your ‘by design’ methodology is not only an important aspect of the thetic process, but also important to how your thesis is finally presented. Research topics This PhD can be pursued through many lines and techniques of architectural inquiry, spanning:
  • design
  • buildings
  • technology
  • history
  • sustainability
  • conservation
  • theory
  • criticism
  • city
  • visuality
  • communication
  • philosophy
  • politics
  • environment
  • landscape
  • information technology
  • digital media
Research output Your output must contain original works such as:
  • designs
  • built work
  • drawings
  • models
  • photographs
  • video
  • sculptures
  • installations
  • websites
You must include documentation of the processes by which the work was produced. Your research culminates in a professionally presented text of not more than 50,000 words and a comprehensive record of the exhibited material (images, drawings, photographs) contained in a coherent and archivable format (bound thesis and/or CD/DVD).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

Fees and funding

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Architecture by Design at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS