London South Bank University

Course Introduction

LSBU is the top modern university in London for world'leading and internationally excellent research in General Engineering, which includes The Built Environment and Architecture research ' Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 Document is available to download from our website:'finder/architecture'phd.

Research in the area of architecture is carried out by specialist centres. The majority of academic staff belong to one or more of these and research students can expect to join a small team working on particular problems.

Research areas and themes where we are able to offer supervision include:

* City depiction, design, and description

* Architectural pedagogy, and design studio culture

* Digital architecture, fabrication, and design research

* Rethinking sustainable practice: adaptation, conservation, and architecture

* Visualisation; augmented reality; 3D modelling; integrated project delivery; virtualisation

* Architectural design as cultural product

* The city as consumer

* Structure as space: architecture, geometry, technology

A member of staff, who will be an expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. As a research student you'll become part of our thriving academic community.

A PhD by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge; the ethos of originality and innovation is fundamental to our work in architecture. A research degree is of course different from a taught course, and research students are expected to self'direct their learning with support from their supervisory team.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
6 years
Distance Learning
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants are expected to have a good Honours degree. If applicants have the equivalent of a lower 2nd or 3rd Class Honours they would also need a Postgraduate qualification at Master's level. Applicants will also be required to show proof of all of their qualifications. If English is not an applicant's 1st language they will be expected to prove their competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.