Architecture MPhil/PhD

Major code: ARMR


We can offer you a highly supportive research community in which to pursue your MPhil or PhD research degree. You'll be assigned a supervisor who's an expert in your area of study and there'll be plenty of opportunity to present your work to staff and fellow students.

Subject Overview

With our great breadth of research interests, we can offer you real scope when it comes to choosing a research topic. Here's a cross-section of recent thesis subjects:-

  • Design of lighting installations for obstructed interiors
  • Computer modelling of auditoria acoustics
  • Architecture and urban design in nineteenth-century Liverpool
  • Computer-aided architectural design
  • Conservation management of world heritage cities
  • Impact noise in buildings at low frequencies
  • Construction methods and materials in the traditional architecture of Cyprus
  • Innovation and invention in architecture Waterfront cities
  • Sustainable construction site processes
  • Post-colonial Indian cities
  • Integration of renewable technologies into buildings
  • Deployable structures in portable architecture
  • Perceptions of city space –memory and experience in changing environments.

Students present their research at a wide range of National, European and International conferences.

The MPhil and PhD research degrees are awarded on submission of a thesis, which is judged by the examiners to be of the appropriate standard, to candidates who've followed an approved programme of research studies. 

Research opportunities

Staff actively collaborate with industry and with research groups at other universities and institutions. International collaboration of various kinds exists with France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Argentina, Brazil, the USA, Korea, Latvia, China, Japan, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong.

PhD students studying engineering-based research topics in the School of Architecture there may be the possibility to register with the School of Engineering whilst maintaining supervisors in the School of Architecture.

Key Facts

Research Opportunities
The School of Architecture performed excellently in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), being the highest ranked department submitted solely as a School of Architecture, a top six place for research intensity and a top ten place for grade point average. We were ranked third overall in terms of Research Outputs, with 80% of our research publications rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

Why School of Architecture?

Introduction to Architecture

Liverpool was the UK’s first Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accredited University School of Architecture. Research lies at the core of our activities and we have highly rated recognised strengths in the fields of History and Theory, and Environment and Process. The activities of the research groups within these two fields provide the knowledge and expertise required by the professional discipline that we serve and also reach out into related areas in the visual arts, urban design, conservation and innovative technologies.