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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 thematic specialisms within the School of Architecture, including Architecture & Media, City Design, Social Movements, Display Cultures, Urbanism, Emergent Pedagogies, Interior Urbanism, Material Matters and Adaptive Re-use, Domesticity, Gendered Space, Cognition & the Sublime, Narrative Environments and Ornamentation.

The MPgil/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: Katie Hare

Supervisors: Dr Harriet HarrissDr Sam JacobyDr Adrian LahoudGraeme BrookerIan HigginsDr Adam KaasaDr Jon GoodbunNaomi HouseDavid BurnsDr Maria Sheherazade GiudiciDr Platon IssaiasDr Godofredo PereiraDr Benedict Singleton.



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 details of research proposal requirements and portfolio requirements (if applicable), and for full details of cross-college MPhil/PhD Entrance Requirements.

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