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The University of Cambridge is an "experience" you will never get anywhere else in life. My time in Cambridge has exceeded all my expectations, from the city itself, the learning you get from expertise across a very wide range of disciplines, college life, student life in general and the unique academic atmosphere in the department.

Coming to the Department of Architecture is not just about learning to be a better architect or researcher, far from it. You will be pushed and challenged to the limits by your professors, distinguished visitors and your peers, who help you grow tremendously not only as an academic but also as a person and a critical thinker.

I am delighted that I considered applying to the Department of Architecture to take the multidisciplinary course of the MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies. The opportunity to learn and associate with academic staff who are leaders in their field worldwide is an experience that I will forever hold dear and special in my heart.

Bob Muhia - Darwin (May 2015)

I joined the MAUS programme as an architect-planner with the aim of exploring a long-standing interest in urban climate risk management, while also hoping to further my research skills to read for a doctorate.

The flexibility of the programme enables the reader to focus their work in either of the specialist subject streams or to take an integrated approach. I have taken the latter path with consideration given to both the core environmental aspects, as well as the sociopolitical drivers that influence my topic. The introduction to the use of the moving image in particular was an unexpected methodology that has potential value to my future experiments. I have also acquired core knowledge of state-of-the-art simulation practices and statistical tools that are invaluable to my future research ambitions.

The department is resourced well in both expertise and material facilities. Its personalised attention ensures that each member of the cohort is guided and supported in their individual paths and will present individual and diverse topics as their final research output. I have enjoyed my experience with the MAUS cohort, and look forward to furthering the research experience I have gained at the department.

Kanchane Gunawardena - Peterhouse (April 2015)

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Key Information


9 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
May 20, 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

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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