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Postgraduate Research in ARC

We provide a rich, diverse, and dynamic research environment for intellectual and creative exchanges in architecture and across disciplines.

Our doctoral community in architecture is among the largest in the UK. Diverse, dynamic, and rich, our architectural research culture offers a depth and breadth of specialisations and opportunities to collaborate with established academics and among students in doctoral research.

We believe in knowledge as a collective endeavour involving the acquisition and exercise of knowledge and skills by both students and staff.

Architecture Research Collaborative (ARC) focuses on: 

Our doctoral research students work on projects that fall within or between these areas. 

Supervisory teams can also involve members of the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) and other Schools and research groups around the university.

We partake in the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge and the ESRC-funded NINE Doctoral Training Programmes. They offer prestigious, but competitive, full fellowships for doctoral studies. 

On occasion, we also have studentships available through our journal arq and our in-house Design Office

Finally, ARC offers an annual Mary and David Forshaw Scholarship. This endowment is intended to support female students pursuing a doctoral degree in any aspect of architecture.

We encourage all students considering postgraduate studies to contact us right away. Funded studentships often need significant advance preparation with the prospective supervisors.

Support and facilities

We assign all students two supervisors who have expertise in your chosen area of research. You'll gain a lot from regular meetings with your supervisors.

As a full-time postgraduate research student, you will also receive:

  • access to a dedicated workspace with networked computers
  • support for attending conferences
  • access to printing and photocopying facilities
  • access to the University's award-winning library, and new architectural archives