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Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 3 years | JAN

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Architecture (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Research profile

Research is central to the study of architecture within the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA). It motivates our intellectual and creative activities and underpins our collaborations with a range of important international and UK-based institutions.

We actively promote interdisciplinary approaches to research in architecture. Our expertise and interests range across the following areas:

Architectural Conservation

Our focus includes:

conservation theory and history
urban conservation
conservation technology
the challenges of bridging heritage and new architecture

Architectural History, Theory and Criticism

We have particular strength in:

the history of architecture in Britain and the British colonial world (18th and 19th centuries)
Germany, Central Europe and Russia
modernism in Europe, North America and Africa
Renaissance Italy
the history of landscape
the history of technology
the international history of mass housing and urban development
the theory and philosophy of architecture
the philosophy of place
critical inquiry and methodology

PhD by Distance option

The PhD by Distance is available to suitably qualified applicants in all the same areas as our on-campus programmes: Art, Design, History of Art, Music, Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

The PhD by Distance allows students who do not wish to commit to basing themselves in Edinburgh to study for a PhD in an ECA subject area from their home country or city.

There is no expectation that students studying for an ECA PhD by Distance study mode should visit Edinburgh during their period of study. However, short term visits for particular activities could be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition fees

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International fees
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Entry requirements

Normally a UK masters degree, or its international equivalent. We will also take any professional experience into account. If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your relevant professional experience.