Funded PhD Project (UK and EU students only)

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Portsmouth School of Architecture

Start dates

Closing date

23 February 2020

Our PhD funding schemes are now closed for 2020.

Our funding schemes are now closed for 2020  but if you're a UK, EU, or International student interested in PhD scholarships or bursaries, our Funding your degree page provides information about our funded PhD opportunities, and details on how to apply for them. 

In the mean time, contact us to stay up-to-date with our upcoming funded PhD opportunities.


The School of Architecture, within the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, welcomes applications for a fully funded PhD bursary in the following fields:

Architectural and Urban History and Theory

While any original and ambitious research proposal belonging to the broad area of Architectural and Urban History and Theory will be welcome, we are particularly interested in the discursive and critical practices that have shaped architectural thought from the second half of the 20th century.

Interior Design Theory and Practice

We welcome applications for topics that engage with ‘interiors’, with a particular focus on bodies (expansively defined) and their roles in, and relationships to, various disciplinary practices, including those of architecture, art, design, performance, anthropology, geography, archaeology and sociology.

We are especially open to practice-based research enquiries as we aim to provide a focus, framework, and support for the development of research activities in the area of spatial and performative practices.

Applicants should use the websites listed above to explore the available expertise and to tailor a specific topic for a proposal that fits with that expertise. You are encouraged to contact potential supervisors with a brief overview of a proposed topic before submitting a formal application. Our Department Research Degree Coordinator, Dr Tarek Teba on, can help to put you in touch with appropriate supervisors.

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 Research Degrees Coordinator, (see above). 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 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 ARCH4880220  when applying.

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Eligibility and funding notes

The bursaries are available to UK and EU students only and cover tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,009 (UKRI 2019/20 rate). A fees-only offer may also be made.


Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to the Department Research Degree Coordinator mentioned above. For administrative and admissions enquiries please contact

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