PhD Architecture

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Overview

The Department of Architecture welcomes proposals for its research-based PhD programme. Potential candidates are invited to position their PhD research proposals on one or more of the Department’s areas of strength, which include:

  • Architectural design and architectural studio education
  • Architectural, environmental or construction technology
  • Computer-aided architectural design
  • Architectural history and built heritage studies
  • Social and cultural study of the built environment.

Our PhD programme is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool, based at XJTLU. Upon successful completion of your programme you will receive a degree from the University of Liverpool, which is recognised by the UK’s Department of Education as well as China’s Ministry of Education.

The normal length of full-time PhD programme is three years. At the end of three years’ full-time study, you can apply for an extension of one year to complete the writing of your dissertation. Part-time PhD degrees usually take four to seven years.

As a registered full-time PhD student, you have the opportunity to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months. Your accommodation and travel fees will be covered by XJTLU and the University of Liverpool.

Full-time PhD students are funded to attend local and international conferences during their studies, with a budget of up to RMB 16,500.

Key benefits of PhD study at XJTLU:

  • Our PhD programme equips you with a range of professional skills to help you maximise your future employability
  • Our supervisors will guide you through one of the most intellectually satisfying experiences of your life
  • Supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool
  • PhD students have dedicated travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and develop crucial academic skills.

Fees

Scholarships

We have a number of scholarship options for PhD candidates, including tuition-only scholarships for full-time PhD study and an academic merit scholarship for international students. Please see our scholarships page for more information.

Additionally, specific funded PhD projects are available that have a scholarship covering the tuition fee and a monthly stipend. Please visit scholarships for specific financial information. The Department has the following funded PhD projects available (this list is updated in January and July every year):

Title of PhD project Reference number Status Supervisor
Situating Independent Chinese Architects in Modern China RDF-15-01-43 Open Professor Pierre-Alain Croset [email protected]
Novel Decentralized Ventilation System with a Hybrid Radiant Panel for Low Energy and Zero Emission Architecture RDF-15-02-32 Open Dr Moon Keun Kim [email protected]
A Void at the Centre: The Possibility of Courtyard Housing RDF-15-02-37 Open Dr Tordis Berstrand [email protected]

Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of academic qualifications for entry onto our PhD programme. Please see our entry requirements for additional information.

How to apply

All applications for a PhD programme should start with you emailing potential supervisors about either a specific funded project or about your idea for a self-funded project.

They can help you with the next stages of the application process and you can also find out more information on our how to apply section.