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. Research in the area of architecture is carried out by specialist centres. The majority of academic staff belongs 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; virtualization; 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. All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills, in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in the range of research methodologies is available through the frequent research seminars held on campus. When necessary, the research student can audit modules in relevant Masters Courses available within the School and, in particular, modules on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University (or externally) aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas. In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers as academics, writers, critics, and progressive professional practitioners.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
6 years
Distance Learning
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £22,610 Home Fees
6 years
Distance Learning
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £22,610 European Fees
6 years
Distance Learning
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £22,610 Overseas Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £13,960 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £13,960 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £42,325 Overseas Fees
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £13,960 Home Fees
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £13,960 European Fees
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £42,325 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants for a Research Degree programme at LSBU are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's level.
  • International entry requirements: If English is not student's first language, they will be required to prove their competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.
  • IELTS score: 7