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The MPhil in Architecture is a nine-month full-time programme and involves minimal formal teaching.  Students are integrated into the research culture of the Department by working one to one with a research supervisor.  They are expected to attend the Department’s programme of research seminars and other graduate courses, including postgraduate skills training courses on offer via the Department and from the School of Arts and Humanities Researcher Development Office. Informal opportunities to develop research skills also exist through mentoring and other opportunities by fellow students and members of staff.

One to one supervision

Students will be allocated a supervisor who will support their academic progress for the duration of the programme. They will be expected to meet for one hour up to every two weeks during the term for the duration of the programme.

Seminars & classes

Students are encouraged to attend the fortnightly City Seminar series, the Martin Centre lunchtime seminar series and the ARCSOC talks.


Attending other lectures is optional but students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of activities in the Department of Architecture and other faculties relevant to their research.

Students will also have access to courses offered by the Language Centre, the Social Sciences Research Methods Programme and the Personal and Professional Development.

Small group teaching

Students are encouraged to attend research skills seminars and workshops: two hours weekly.


Students will be provided with feedback via supervisions and supervisor's termly reports.


Thesis / Dissertation

The scheme of examination for the nine-month full-time course of study in Architecture for the degree of Master of Philosophy shall consist of a thesis, of not less than 20,000 words and not more than 30,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art. The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

The thesis is examined by two examiners and includes an oral examination which is usually held at the Faculty.

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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