Architecture

MPhil / PhD

The Liverpool School of Architecture (LSA) is an internationally recognised centre for architectural and built environment research. The LSA 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 (as shown in The Times Higher Education magazine).

An internationally recognised centre for architectural and built environment research

The Liverpool School of Architecture was established in 1894 and became the first University in the UK to award a RIBA accredited degree in Architecture. As one of the UK's premier centres for architectural research and education, we are proud of our long tradition and position in the world of Architecture, both nationally and internationally.

I chose the University of Liverpool for my PhD study because it was one of the highest-ranking universities for architectural research in the UK, and its Faculty members are very knowledgeable. The training gave me research skills and knowledge that I will use in future projects, and will benefit my academic career.

Dr Mai Khalfan - Architecture PhD student
  • 80%

    of our research publications rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' REF (2014).

  • 1st

    University School of Architecture in the UK to be accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

  • 3rd

    for research in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

Research at Liverpool

Research within the LSA is structured under the two overarching headings of History and Theory and Environment and Digital Architecture. History and Theory consists of two inter-related research groups that address the cultural and historical context of architecture and the visual arts. The Architectural and Urban History Group investigates historic and developing architecture in relation to cities and urban contexts, with an international perspective and a developing emphasis on heritage. 

The Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts  (CAVA) is a forum for collaborative research with cultural partners such as Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool and the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology. Environment and Digital Architecture consists of three research groups: Acoustics Research Unit (ARU), Digital Architecture Research Group (DARG) and Sustainable Environments Research Group (SERG)

ARU is internationally recognised for its research into airborne and structure-borne sound in the fields of engineering and building acoustics, psychoacoustics, human vibration (including vibrotactile stimuli), environmental noise, industrial acoustics (sonic cleaning) and the subjective evaluation of sound and vibration in the built environment. Excellent experimental and modelling resources are available in the ARU’s dedicated laboratory facilities.

DARG focuses on the use of emerging digital technologies in the design, construction and maintenance of the built envrionment as well as the impact of these technologies on education, creative processes, collaboration between different professions, virtual prototyping and production methods.  

SERG investigates sustainable built environments and the interactions between the performance of the built environment and the processes, complexities and uncertainties that can influence that performance, including the risks associated with adaptation and mitigation strategies for responding to future climates.

Research themes

Our research themes are:

  • Architectural History
  • Sustainable Architecture 
  • Portable Architecture
  • City in Film
  • Transnational Architecture
  • Engineering Acoustics
  • Digital Architecture.

Facilities

Our Postgraduate Research Centre provides personal work stations, dedicated work and study spaces and a comfortable, open plan space where our students can meet. Our computing facilities include a selection of the major CAAD environments.

There's also a well-equipped physical modelling workshop, equipment for digital video film and editing, and specialist science and engineering areas including sound transmission suites, an anechoic chamber, a lighting laboratory with artificial sky and computer laboratories.

All facilities are supported by our technicians.

Research groups

  • Acoustics Research Unit (ARU)
  • Digital Architecture Research Group (DARG)
  • Sustainable Environments Research Group (SERG)

Study options and fees

MPhil

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be thought of as a shorter version of the PhD. It requires the same research skills, training, planning, and project management. It can be a way to assess whether you wish to undertake doctoral research - or it can be taken for its own sake.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
PhD

A doctoral degree is awarded to students that have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise, design, and implement a substantial research project that results in new knowledge, applications, or understanding in their field of study. During your research, you can expect to draw on direct clinical and observational experience to produce an original thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. You'll be part of a research group which matches your research interests. Research groups offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaboration, as well as support and expertise for your research.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
MD

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree open to medical practitioners (technically, anyone holding a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council). It is equivalent in requirements and format to the PhD.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 2-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)

Entry requirements

Eligibility and entry qualifications

For research degree programmes the typical minimum entry requirement is a Bachelors degree (with Honours) at 2:1 level or better in an appropriate field of study. Equivalent overseas degrees together with an acceptable English language qualification are also accepted. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience with professional qualifications. PhD students are allowed to progress into their next year of study if the assessed work at the time of the Annual Progress Report is at appropriate PhD level. Students registered for an MPhil also have to satisfactorily complete an Annual Progress Report.

English language requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this.  See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

We welcome applications from within the EU and from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those which are required to study for this research degree.  See our guidance on international qualifications.

Additional requirements

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

More about applying for research degrees

Apply online

Find a supervisor

Your supervisor is your main source of academic support and mentoring. You'll need to find a supervisor before you start your research degree. It's helpful to identify a supervisor and discuss your research proposal before you apply.

View supervisors in this area

Need help finding a supervisor? Contact us

Related studentships

Funding

LDC module

Your training and development

Join us and you'll also join the Liverpool Doctoral College, our home for doctoral support, training and development. You'll join a vibrant and collaborative community of researchers, get tailored support for your development and have the opportunity to undertake a work placement.

More about Liverpool Doctoral College

Visit

Arrange a personalised visit

Visit our campus and facilities in person with a visit that's tailored for you. Visit us by yourself or in a small group.

​Arrange your visit