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Postgraduate research

Postgraduate research student in library

At the Welsh School of Architecture we offer research students an opportunity to work and study alongside internationally recognised academics.

Our research degrees relate to the School’s established reputation in all aspects of sustainability, architectural history and design-led approaches to research.

A full-time PhD registration is three years (or five years part-time) and a full-time MPhil is one year (or two years part-time).

There are six available research groups:

  • Computational Methods
  • Design, Materials and Making
  • Energy, Environment and People
  • Heritage and Conservation
  • Humanities
  • Urbanism.

Research is key to the School’s activities. It leads to new knowledge in its own right, but also informs teaching and makes an impact on the world beyond academia. A research degree is excellent training for those who wish to pursue a career in research, higher education, industry or professional consultancy.

We are now offering a new PhD in Creative Practice in Architecture available to practising architects.

Research opportunities

Exploring the potential impacts of scaling up smart buildings to smart local energy systems on the built environment (EnergyRev)

There is a need to shift from individual smart buildings to smart local energy systems to achieve UK and international carbon emission targets. The impacts associated with this shift need to be understood to maximise economic, environmental and social benefits, and to understand the effect of a broad range of barriers.

The studentship is associated with EnergyREV, the UK-wide Innovate UK and UKRI funded Consortium that will provide evidence for scaling up smart local energy systems.

This full-time PhD studentship will start in April 2020.

Application deadline is 11 November 2019.

The studentship covers Home/EU tuition fees and provides an annual stipend at the EPSRC rate (£15,009 for 2019/20).

Overseas (non-EU) applicants will need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and the Overseas tuition fee. If your first language is not English, you will need to satisfy Cardiff University’s English language requirements.

How to apply

As part of your online application, enter 'EnergyRev studentship' in response to the funding question. Please upload your CV, covering letter and research proposal.

Proposals that explore the potential impacts of scaling up smart buildings to smart local energy systems on and by the built environment will be considered. The PhD should focus on the environmental, social and/or economic impacts of applying energy systems at a local scale rather than an individual building or component scale. A local energy system includes multiple approaches to reducing the demand on fossil fuels including reduced energy demand, renewable energy supply and energy storage. What needs to change in the current built environment to enable the successful integration of local systems? How does the built environment control the implementation of successful smart local energy systems? Can the challenges associated with these be overcome and what needs to be done to enable this?

Please contact Dr Jo Patterson for more information.

Contact us

For more information about postgraduate research opportunities, please contact our Research Manager.

Katrina Lewis

Katrina Lewis

Research Manager

+44 (0)29 2087 6251