Funded (UK/EU and international students)

Project code



School of Architecture

Start dates

October 2023

Application deadline

6 April 2023

Applications are invited for a funded three-year PhD in the School of Architecture to commence in October 2023. 

The University of Portsmouth is investing in a number of funded PhD bursaries that underpin our commitment to research and the impact our research makes. In the Portsmouth School of Architecture, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, we value both typical and interdisciplinary PhD proposals that are aligned with one or more of the specialist areas of expertise and might also cross with other departments’ research in our Faculty and/or in the University. 

The Portsmouth School of Architecture offers a wide range of expertise in sustainable and environmental design, place making, landscape and urban design, cultural heritage and conservation, architecture and interior histories and theories, computational and analogue design, and spatial practices.  We encourage research via different approaches including practice-based and practice-led research and we value research investigations which demonstrate impact and that contribute to and are supported by external stakeholders. Therefore, we encourage PhD proposals that aim to collaborate with external organisations and communities and demonstrate impact on non-academic domains.

You can explore our Architecture, interiors and urbanism areas of expertise and tailor your proposal to a specific topic that fits with these. You are encouraged to contact potential supervisors with a brief overview of a proposed topic before submitting a formal application. 

Eligibility and funding notes 

Candidates applying for this project may be eligible to compete for one of a small number of bursaries available. Successful applicants will receive a bursary to cover tuition fees for three years and a stipend in line with the UKRI rate (£17,668 for 2022/23). Bursary recipients will also receive a contribution of £1,500 per annum towards consumables, conference, project or training costs.


How to apply 

  1. Make sure that you meet our entry requirements. As a general rule, you’ll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (depending upon chosen course, minimum upper second class or equivalent) and a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.  
  2. Discuss your own research idea and find out more about postgraduate programmes in the School of Architecture by contacting the Department Director of Postgraduate Research,  Dr Tarek Teba ( A university supervisor needs to support any funding application.  
  3. Write up a short research proposal (2500 words), providing the background to the proposed research, and an outline of the studies. The proposed research should relate to one or more of the above research areas. It is essential to contact potential supervisors for your research before submitting your application so that you can develop your research ideas with them.
  4. Apply online making sure you submit your research proposal, a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. 


If you want to be considered for this funded PhD opportunity you must quote project code ARCH8050423 when applying.


Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Dr Tarek Teba (