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While working closely with craftsmen on conservation and architectural design in India for over four years, I had developed keen interest in testing the scope of traditional building techniques in contemporary contexts. The Department of Architecture at Cambridge offered an environment of rigorous scholarship while the collegiate structure was ideal for community engagement for my young family and me. 

My PhD supervisor, Dr Michael Ramage was forthcoming in sharing his expertise and in lending support for my research which further benefitted from critical reviews from other members of the department. The university’s reputation also opened doors for archival research and fieldwork across the world. An unexpected and fulfilling experience came from supervising undergraduates and I have since developed much respect for Cambridge’s tutorial system that gives PhD students an early taste of teaching. 

The Department’s facilities and drive for academic excellence are complemented by excellent support from staff while the university’s range of training programmes for early career researchers, regular lectures by luminaries, International Students and Careers services make it a fantastic place to be in!

Aftab Jalia - Clare Hall (April 2018)

I chose to do my MPhil at the University of Cambridge because it offered the opportunity to conduct independent research, which set it apart from the Masters level degrees offered by other universities. The MPhil was perfect preparation for my PhD degree as it equipped me with the right tools to design and determine the scope of my PhD. The university-wide graduate training programme offered significant useful training, in areas including software skills, writing skills, language skills, among others. In addition, CRASSH and the department hosted regular seminars and talks involving top academics and researchers in a variety of fields, and these provided interdisciplinary perspectives from which to reflect on my own research, as well as providing important opportunities for networking. 

The Department of Architecture’s location in Scroope Terrace provided an intimate environment for students from the Architecture school and from other related disciplines to socialise and to cooperate in organising seminars and editing the department’s annual journal. The department also provided valuable teaching opportunities which I thoroughly enjoyed. Further, the opportunity to participate in the department’s research group 'Cities South of Cancer' offered the chance to form global connections which allowed me to link my own research project with a vast number of similar projects in other countries. In short, the academic experience offered by the Department of Architecture at Cambridge offers excellent preparation for a career in research whether in academia or in private practice. 


Pawda Tjoa - Peterhouse (April 2016)

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Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Architecture

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 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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