Architecture by Thesis at University of Cambridge - UCAS

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Course summary

The MPhil degree by thesis introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main aims are: to give students with relevant experience at a first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focussed research in the discipline under close supervision; and to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests. The Department welcomes applications from postgraduates to undertake research towards an MPhil in most areas, including Urban Studies, History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism, Digital Media Design and Communication, Design, Technology, Planning and Environment, but is unable to accept candidates for whom no supervisor is available. Unless the candidate is part of a research group, the research is undertaken entirely by the candidate on their own, with regular supervision on progress with the supervisor. To be eligible for consideration, applicants will need (a) an appropriate level of architectural expertise and (b) a clear idea of the area in which the thesis will be written. This MPhil is not a taught programme. Instead, it admits those applicants who meet the academic admissions criteria and whose research interests match those of an available member of the academic staff who is willing to act as the student's supervisor. As well as the research and skills training programme offered by the Department of Architecture, candidates have the opportunity to attend numerous training and personal development courses. The Department is one of the leading institutions in architectural research units in the UK, with over four decades of successful global research. Research typically crosses traditional research boundaries. Candidates are asked to note that the MPhil in Architecture (by Thesis) does not offer a direct pathway to PhD study and those interested in a future PhD may wish to consider the taught MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies. Students wishing to proceed to a PhD at Cambridge after completion are required to submit an application in the normal way and will be treated equally alongside all the other candidates, internally or externally. Learning Outcomes By the end of the programme, students will have acquired the type of research training required to carry on to the PhD or if conceived as a standalone degree, it would have equipped the candidates with enough skills to specialise and enhance their professional prospects.


Students are integrated into the research culture of the Department by working one to one with a research supervisor. They are expected to attend the Department’s programme of research seminars and other postgraduate courses, including postgraduate skills training courses on offer via the Department and from the School of Arts and Humanities Researcher Development Office. Informal opportunities to develop research skills also exist through mentoring and other opportunities by fellow students and members of staff. Students are expected to be in Cambridge for the duration of the course. There may be the opportunity to go on Fieldwork Trips, however, this will require prior agreement with their supervisor.

Assessment method

Thesis / Dissertation Examination consists of a thesis, of not less than 20,000 words and not more than 30,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art. The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls. The thesis is examined by two examiners and includes an oral examination which is usually held at the Faculty. Other Students will be asked to at the: End of Michaelmas (winter) Term: Submission of a developed thesis proposal and first 5000 words (precise content to be agreed with supervisor) End of Lent Term (March) – presentation on current findings. Early June: Submission of the thesis For part-time students: End of Easter (summer) Term: Submission of developed thesis proposal and first 5000 words (precise content to be agreed with supervisor) End of Michaelmas (winter) Term: presentation on current findings. Early June: Submission of the thesis

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

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Architecture by Thesis at University of Cambridge - UCAS