MPhil/PhD Architecture

The Architecture research programme offers a range of critically informed, spatial research strands, situated within the Royal College of Art, a world-leading art and design institution.

All research strands encourage interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with other Schools and external partners. Both MPhil and PhD programmes support traditional academic research, but also strongly emphasises practice-led and experimental research, preparing graduates for diverse career opportunities in academia, leading architectural and urban design practices, human rights organisations, NGOs, as well as social and environmental coalitions.

We welcome unique and innovative research proposals and offer the option of aligning with the three thematic specialisms within the School of Architecture; Social Movements, Intergenerational Cities, and Learning Environments.

The MPhil/PhD Architecture programme is pedagogically configured to help researchers impact at local, national and international levels, working at the intersection of conceptual and applied research. We also support and supervise partnerships between researchers and business – from consultants for leading brands, cultural organisations, design practices, manufacturers, public sector agencies, charities and community groups – with a view to helping to develop and implement design-driven sustainable strategies that result in tangible, real-world outcomes.

We offer various assessment options, including design-led MPhil/PhDs, MPhil/PhD by practice, and MPhil/PhD by thesis. 

Programme Lead: Dr Harriet Harriss

Enquiries: Carys Frankland

Supervisors in the School of Architecture include: 

Dr Mark Campbell
Professor Graeme Brooker
Dr Tarsha Finney
Dr Jon Goodbun
Dr Maria Gudici
Dr Harriet Harriss
Dr Sam Jacoby
Dr Adam Kaasa
Dr Adrian Lahoud
Dr Godofredo Pereira 
Manja Van De Worp

Apply for a Research Degree

We welcome applications to undertake original research by project or thesis. You must have a clearly defined research project and be able to demonstrate your ability to engage in research at the appropriate level. 

Follow these links for more information and guidance about Applying for a Research Degree at the RCA, the College's MPhil/PhD Application Process, including research proposal requirements and portfolio requirements (if applicable), and for full details of cross-college MPhil/PhD Entrance Requirements.

See Open Days for upcoming opportunities to visit the College and meet with our staff.

Fees & Funding

Follow these links for further details on Tuition Fees and Funding for Research students, including details of studentships, AHRC awards and doctoral loans.