Manchester Metropolitan University
Our Research Degree students are attached to Manchester School of Art Research Centre (MSARC), supported by staff who possess unique and broad range of interests and expertise across theory, design, policy, and practice. The PhD and MA in Research programmes are intrinsically inter-disciplinary and are open to students with interests in any aspect of architectural research spanning a wide range of subjects including sustainable urbanism, urban design and development, ecological and landscape design, conservation and management of historic environments, urban and community resilience, smart Cities, adaptive re-use of buildings, Inclusive built environments, ageing in place and landscape architecture.
This interdisciplinary approach is linked to understanding technological innovation and urban transformations, analysing, and integrating previously disconnected research fields - architecture and urban planning, the property sector, civil engineering, and utilities industry; and stimulating collaborative, inter-disciplinary methodological approaches to understanding architecture and engaging with contemporary practice in a global context. Working across these range of research topics, students have the opportunity to build networks relationships that will be beneficial for their future careers.
The Researcher Development Programme provides research training, skills development opportunities and workshops on the various progression stages of the Doctoral experience. Practice based students are supported by seminars, exhibitions, and reviews, complemented by symposiums and student led activities. Manchester Metropolitan University is a member of the North West Doctoral Training Consortium and students are able to join training and events across the region. They are also able to apply for The Leverhulme Unit for the Design of Cities of the Future studentships that bring together all stakeholders to transform the way we think about cities and to envisage new ways of living and working.
University of Manchester
PhD Architecture at the University of Manchester is based within the Manchester Architecture Research Group (MARG), and looks beyond technical design to the complex processes and practices that run through the development adaptation and the use of built environments.
We traverse the disciplinary boundaries of architecture and social sciences to open new areas of architectural research, create new standards of architectural study, and craft new conceptual language to inform and influence architectural policy.
Sitting within the School of Environment, Education and Development, and the Manchester Urban Institute, allows us to benefit from synergies with Planning and Environmental Management, Geography, and several other disciplines. Through these connections, we have developed a distinctive expertise based on theoretical experimentation, methodological rigour, empirical attention, and a hands-on study of architectural practice, building technology and techniques of architectural representation and mapping.