University of East London

Course Introduction

Studying for a PhD with UEL?s School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) will push you to the limit - and you?ll be supported all the way by our world-class academic staff. ACE has strong research expertise in urban sustainability, cyber-security and big data studies. We?re also world leaders in ecological and environmental protection studies - from peat marsh carbon capture to bumblebee conservation. We have a strong culture of research collaboration between our architecture, computing, engineering and geo-information centres; as well as with other UEL Schools and international partners. Major areas of research within ACE include: urban sustainability, ecological and environmental protection, data security, mobile computing, seismic studies, and storm surge prediction.

The most popular course is the PhD via MPhil. A PhD is an original and distinct contribution to the knowledge of the field of study. It is often essential for those wishing to follow an academic or research career in industry or commerce. PhD research can be carried out in all subject areas - normally over three years. PhD and MPhil students are supervised by one or more research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews. At the end of your PhD, you?ll write an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis. The PhD via MPhil course normally takes a minimum of 33 months to complete. It involves two years of study, followed by an application to transfer from the MPhil to a PhD, when the quality of your research is assessed. You can then go on to do a full PhD.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants for a PhD via MPhil should have either a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or an overseas qualification rated as equivalent. To apply for a PhD course, you should have an MPhil, or MRes qualification or an overseas qualification rated as equivalent. If you have relevant research or work experience, but no degree, you can still be considered for admission.
  • International entry requirements: If English is not your first language, you will have to satisfy the English language requirements for postgraduate research study. The minimum requirement for a research degree is an IELTS Academic English score of 7.0 overall (minimum of 6.5 in all components). This should normally have been gained within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 7