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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

We are pleased to announce the 2020 WSA Studentship, which will be granted to the strongest applicant responding to one of the three following research opportunities:

  1. Design for ageing: Developing new approaches to design intervention within UK housing, in support of positive ageing-in-place.
  2. Mapping and understanding urban and rural fuel poverty in Wales.
  3. Parametric design of bacterial biomaterial for construction.

Additional information

  • Application deadline is 31 January 2020.
  • It is anticipated that interviews will be held in mid to late February.
  • This is a full-time PhD studentship, which will start in April or October 2020. We are willing to consider flexible arrangements.
  • The studentship covers Home/EU tuition fees and provides an annual stipend at the rate of £15,000 for three years from 2020.
  • Students have access to additional funds (up to £1,500 over the PhD) to support professional development opportunities, namely attendance at international conferences.
  • 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

Complete the online application.

  • Ensure that you provide all requested information (including research proposal, CV, references, proof of qualifications, passport/ID, personal statement etc.).
  • Under the ‘funding’ question', please state "WSA Studentship 2020”.

Get in touch

If you have any questions regarding the studentships, please contact In your email, please state which of the three research opportunities that you are interested in.

Contact us

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

Amie Jordan

Amie Jordan

Research Manager

+44 (0)29 2087 6251