AA School of Architecture

Course Introduction

This Doctoral studies at the AA combine advanced research with a broader educational agenda, preparing graduates for practice in global academic and professional environments. Current PhD research encompasses architectural theory and history, architectural urbanism, advanced architectural design, the city, emergent technologies and sustainable environmental design in architecture. Architectural history and theory research is directed by Mark Cousins and Marina Lathouri. PhD candidates in any of these areas may follow either the traditional route of the written dissertation or combine writing with design research for the studio-based PhD in architectural design. PhD studies at the AA are full-time for their entire duration. This starts with a preparatory period during which candidates attend selected courses and seminars while developing their research proposals. Approval of proposals initiates the formal period of PhD study, which has a maximum duration of four years. Opportunities for teaching may be available to eligible PhD candidates following registration of their research proposals. During their studies, PhD students are expected to produce work worthy of publication and presentation in conferences and other events.

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

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students are welcome from graduates in architecture and related disciplines. Applicants are expected to hold a Masters degree (MA or MSc) or equivalent postgraduate qualification in the area of their proposed PhD research. Applicants for the PhD in Architectural Design are expected to submit a design portfolio.
  • International entry requirements: Students must be able to provide evidence of competency in both spoken and written English. Applicants need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each category. IELTS reports have a two year validity period.