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9 courses offered in the Department of Architecture

A doctoral degree at the Department of Architecture offers the opportunity for independent research under the supervision of a departmental member of staff.  Unless the candidate is part of a research group, the research is undertaken entirely by the candidate on their own, with regular supervision on progress with their supervisor.

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In the 2022 Research Excellent Framework, Cambridge Architecture’s research work was ranked 1st in the UK, achieving the highest proportion of combined World Leading research. The Cambridge Department of Architecture has been ranked top by the Times Higher Educational Supplement in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework for research quality. A remarkable 56.9% of all of our research outputs are ranked 4*, ‘world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour’ and 39.7% are ranked 3*, ‘internationally excellent’, whilst 87.5% of our research impact studies are ranked 4*.  This consolidates our top ranking established in the previous Research Assessment Exercises of 2008 and 2014.

Building on this research excellence, the MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies (MAUS) is a full-time programme of advanced study on contemporary architecture and the continued development of cities around the world.

 

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The MPhil in Architecture is a nine-month full-time or part-time research degree offering the opportunity for independent research under the supervision of a departmental member of staff.  The qualification may count towards the entrance requirements for PhD study, however, applicants are advised that almost without exception students commence their MPhil studies with the intention of later applying to pursue a higher degree.  Please note, that the degree does not 'convert' to a PhD; students wishing to later pursue a PhD must make a new application for PhD study. 

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The Master of Studies (MSt) in Building History is an academically rigorous yet practical course aiming to equip students for careers in historic building investigation, research, recording, assessment, management and interpretation. The MSt in Building History draws on expertise in both the academic and the professional spheres.

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This is a two-year full time professional design and research course leading to the Master of Architecture Degree. It provides exemption from ARB/RIBA Part II as well as research training so that students who get sufficient grades in the dissertation can continue directly on to a PhD degree. UK students carrying on from BA(Hons) RIBA/ARB Part I courses pay undergraduate fees and are eligible for student loans. Uniquely amongst M.Arch courses, students select their research topic and design projects, limited only by the availability of suitable supervisors.

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The MSt in Architecture provides an alternative to the traditional full time route to qualifying as an architect where the fees are paid by the employer and the Apprenticeship Levy and students work throughout. Students must have completed ARB/RIBA Part I through a recognised degree course or apprenticeship. Students apply in their year-out through the architectural practice they are working for. The Cambridge course is mainly taught in short two-week residential courses held throughout the year which mix Master Classes, Lectures, Supervisions, Seminars and Studio work. The lectures are taught by experts from inside the University and from elsewhere. The Master Classes are taught by leading practitioners in their particular fields. The result is a unique course that seeks to prepare the student for the rapidly changing world of professional practice in the 21st century. 

The MSt is taken in conjunction with the Government’s Level 7 Architect Apprenticeship scheme. The Master of Studies (MSt) in Architecture (Degree Apprenticeship) is accompanied by its associated Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture (End Point Assessment) which includes the End Point Assessment itself, approximately six months later. 

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture is awarded by the Institute of Continuing Education and administered by the Department of Architecture.

The Postgraduate Certificate is a one-year, part-time master’s-level programme resulting in 60 FHEQ Level-7 credits and an award from the University of Cambridge. There are three workshop sessions run in Cambridge over the academic year which means that students are not required to be away from their offices for long periods. The sessions cover the topics outlined in the ARB/RIBA Criteria for Part 3 courses. The course and the examination has validation from the ARB and the RIBA.

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2 courses also advertised in the Department of Architecture

From the Department of Earth Sciences

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in the Application of Artificial Intelligence to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER) trains researchers (through several multidisciplinary cohorts) to be uniquely equipped to develop and apply leading-edge computational approaches to address critical global environmental challenges by exploiting vast, diverse and often currently untapped environmental data sets. Embedded in the outstanding research environments of the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the AI4ER CDT addresses problems that are relevant to building resilience to environmental hazards and managing environmental change. The primary application areas are:

  • Weather, Climate and Air Quality
  • Natural Hazards
  • Natural Resources (food, water & resource security and biodiversity)

Students in the CDT cohorts engage in a one-year MRes degree in Physical Sciences (Environmental Data Science) which includes a taught component and a major research element, followed by a three-year PhD research project. Students will receive high-quality training in research, professional, technical and transferable skills through a focused core programme with an emphasis on the development of data science skills through hackathons and team challenges. Training is guided by personalised advice and the expertise of a network of partners in industry, government, the third sector and beyond.

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From the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) is a transformative part-time master’s programme at the University of Cambridge for global practitioners working in the built environment. The master's was created by a powerful partnership between the University of Cambridge’s world-leading Architecture and Engineering Departments.  It is designed for professionals working in the built environment who want to deliver the kind of sustainable and resilient places and spaces which are crucial to our common future. Interdisciplinary awareness and related management skills are seldom part of standard architecture, engineering and other built environment qualifications. IDBE helps ambitious built environment professionals meet the increasing demands of their market, their sector and invigorate their personal development.

The learning approach is highly interactive and designed to encourage reflection and debate. Students are supported by a team of expert tutors and supervisors. The speakers, lecturers and facilitators are leading experts and practitioners from both academia and industry.  A key feature of the programme is the collaborative learning experience. The programme facilitates shared learning between peers, and networking with the extensive range of contributors, together providing a rich learning environment.

 

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Dr James Campbell
Head of Department

  • 15 Academic Staff
  • 16 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 149 Graduate Students
  • 128 Undergraduates

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