PhD Architecture- Research Opportunities University of Lincoln
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Researchers in the Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment contribute to an interdisciplinary community working to advance architectural knowledge and address emerging issues facing professionals in the sector. These can include cultural, social, and spatial characteristics of the built environment and communities, history and theory of architecture, urban design, environmental design, and sustainable built environments.
A structured programme of research skills training enables students to develop the competencies required for their studies and future career. Assessment is via the submission of a final thesis and, depending on the award, an accompanying written or oral testimony.
An experienced supervisory team is appointed to offer expertise and guidance, as well as support in applying for funding, attending conferences, and publishing work.
How You Study
Research students normally have two internal supervisors with specialist knowledge of their subject areas, and they have regular meetings with them for advice, monitoring, and other support. Students are introduced to the relevant research methods through taught units and are encouraged to give presentations at postgraduate seminars, which are held regularly throughout the year.
Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent on independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisor, but the frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of the programme.
Research areas in the School include history and theory of architecture, urban design, environmental design, construction science and management, and sustainable built environments.
Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching
At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.
We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed.
How You Are Assessed
Assessment is via the submission of a final thesis and, in some cases, an accompanying written or oral testimony, dependent on the award.
Fees and Funding
For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study.
Entry Requirements 2023-24
First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject.
Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.
Research Areas, Projects and Topics
The main areas of research include:
- History and theory of architecture and design
- Sustainable environments
- Low-energy building design
- Building performance analysis
- Post occupancy evaluation
- Health and well-being of citizens
- Whole life performance of buildings
- Historical infrastructure and cities
- Anthropology and Heritage.
How to Apply
To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.
In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed upon with your supervisor on an individual basis.
Career and Personal Development
Graduates may go on to establish and develop careers in architecture and design-related industries. Those successfully completing an MPhil may progress to further study at PhD level.
English Language Requirements
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