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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Architecture is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in Architecture is a nine-month full-time research degree offering 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 supervisions on progress with their supervisor. 

The MPhil degree by thesis introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main aims are:

  • to give students with relevant experience at a first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focussed research in the discipline under close supervision; and
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.

The Department welcomes applications from postgraduates to undertake research towards an MPhil in most areas, including Urban Studies, History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism, Digital Media Design and Communication, Design, Technology, Planning and Environment, but is unable to accept candidates for whom no supervisor is available.

This MPhil is not a taught programme. Instead, it admits those applicants who meet the academic admissions criteria and whose research interests match those of an available member of the academic staff who is willing to act as the student's supervisor.

As well as the research and skills training programme offered by the Department of Architecture, candidates have the opportunity to attend numerous training and personal development courses.

The Department is one of the leading institutions in architectural research units in the UK, with over four decades of successful global research. Research typically crosses traditional research boundaries.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have acquired the type of research training required to carry on to the PhD or if conceived as a standalone degree, it would have equipped the candidates with enough skills to specialise and enhance their professional prospects.


MPhil in Architecture students wishing to apply for a PhD must achieve an overall total score of at least 70. Continuation is also subject to Faculty approval of the proposed research proposal, and the availability of an appropriate supervisor.

Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Architecture

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Feb. 1, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.

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