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Postgraduate Admissions

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

If you do meet the admissions requirements for the course you will then need to determine whether the design thesis you wish to produce can be hosted by the Department. We can host design theses which relate to explorations into the role of design in current environmental, socioeconomic and cultural debates. In each case, students are expected to develop projects that take a defined position in relation to these debates and test the implications of this position at a regional, institutional and building scale. Throughout the course, students are also expected to engage with relevant academic and professional experts, policymakers and prospective clients and to use the fieldwork period to examine the conditions that would impact the realisation of their projects on-site.

The first deadline for admissions, when the most if not all places will be filled, is in early January when applicants will also be considered for funding. Should any places remain available after this date, rolling admissions continues until the final deadline on February 10th.

Decisions are usually made in time to meet the funding nomination deadline. Please note that your admission is subject to final approval by the University's Graduate Admissions Office.

Selection Process

Should places remain available, applications received after the funding deadline are considered on a rolling basis until the final deadline on February 10th. Interviews for this programme will usually take place from January of the intake year.

Further information on How To Apply


Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Portfolio
    An extract from a design portfolio is required. If invited to interview an applicant will be required to submit a full Portfolio.
  • Research proposal (M)
    The Research Proposal should be between 1,000 - 1,500 words and should consist of a carefully researched topic of relevance to an area of academic discourse, a literature review, research questions, and key references.
  • Sample of work (1)
    The Sample of Work could be a journal publication or a chapter from an undergraduate dissertation. It is required to be well written and with references and clear argumentation.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

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Key Information


22 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Architecture

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Feb. 10, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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