QUB Architecture offers the opportunity to make an original contribution to the discipline of architecture through a PhD or MPhil within the department’s accomplished, academic environment. Each lecturer in architecture pursues a unique research interest so that as a whole, the school is a diverse and lively place to study.

Working closely with their chosen supervisors, PHD students are also connected to the School of Natural and Built Environment’s research clusters, benefitting from the cross-disciplinary context of research in the school. As part of the Russell Group, the university often hosts symposiums, seminars and conferences which connect researchers with renowned academics from across the globe.


PhD by Practice:

The School of Natural and Built Environment offers the opportunity of research in architectural design practice leading to a PhD in architecture. The opportunity is intended for those involved in venturous practice, ie those seeking to extend or redefine the boundaries and ambition of their current design practice.

Candidates will have an established body of peer-reviewed and premiated design work, and/or a significant and recognised design trajectory likely to sustain research at this level.

The programme avails of a model of design practice research developed by RMIT University Melbourne with the candidate remaining in practice, with research content delivered largely through the techniques of that practice, and research reviewed biannually by an expert panel in public forum (practice research symposia). Enrolment is part time in Queen’s.
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