This page provides links and information on postgraduate courses in architectural humanities.

Lecturer in Architectural Studies, University of Manchester

The University of Manchester seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Architectural Studies to contribute to the development of the Manchester Architecture Research Group (MARG), the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) and the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) (see: 

The lecturer will also contribute to the newly formed Manchester Urban Institute (MUI), a cross-disciplinary research institute launched in 2017.

We are looking for candidates who specialise in the architectural humanities and/or social sciences and can contribute to research-informed teaching that complements our existing clusters of activity. The post will involve teaching at both undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, supervising PhD students, as well as research and administrative roles as specified by the Head of Department. We are particularly keen to hear from candidates who can complement and develop the capacity of our existing research themes and expertise.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

It is proposed to hold interviews on Thursday 20 September 2018.



Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Stephen Walker

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General enquiries:

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University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

CHASE PhD scholarships: Kent School of Architecture

The University of Kent is proud to be part of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) which was awarded a £17million Doctoral Training Partnership by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in October 2013. Our partners include The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, and Sussex. SOAS and Birkbeck, University of London joined the consortium as associate members in 2014.

CHASE is one of only 11 UK AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and the partners have committed an additional £10million in studentship funding which will allow CHASE to provide AHRC awards to over 375 PhD students in the arts and humanities across the partner institutions over five years.

CHASE will offer students a wide range of exciting opportunities to gain professional experience, work across institutions and disciplines, and acquire advanced research skills. Further information is available from the CHASE Website

The Kent School of Architecture welcomes research proposals and applications from candidates in the field of the history and theory of architecture, or in aspects of architecture closely related to philosophy, theology or archaeology.                

How to apply

New students wishing to be considered for these scholarships must apply for a PhD place at the University of Kent  by 11th January 2017 at the latest. Applicants are advised to discuss their research project with academic members of staff in the relevant schools as soon as possible. Any current PhD students wishing to be considered for AHRC funding should contact their School Director of Graduate Studies (with responsibility for research programmes) to advise them of this as soon as possible or by 11th January 2017 at the very latest. CHASE will fund up to 75 doctoral studentships for admission in 2017.

What happens next?

Stage 1: School level
All applications for PhD study received by relevant schools by 11th January 2017 will be considered for AHRC funding. Candidates shortlisted for the CHASE competition by academic schools will be invited to complete a CHASE application form by Monday 30th January 2017 and interviews are expected to take place w/c 6th February 2017. Candidates will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible following the interviews. Candidates successful at school-level interviews will have their applications submitted to the Kent CHASE Studentship Selection Panel.

Stage 2:  Kent level
The Kent CHASE Studentship Selection Panel will take place towards the end of February 2017 to decide which applications will be submitted to the consortium stage of the competition.

Stage 3: Consortium level
The final Kent shortlist of applications will go forward to the consortium stage of the competition at the beginning of March. Applications will be considered by CHASE selection panels comprising academic colleagues representing all seven CHASE member institutions. All candidates will be informed by Thursday 6th April 2017 about the outcome of their applications.

* Please note that access to the CHASE application forms will only be made available to short-listed candidates.  Guidance on the CHASE application form can be accessed at:

Candidates should ensure that they are readily contactable via email during January and February 2017.


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Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Kingston University London

PhD Studentships in Art, Design& Architecture (London 2016/17)

The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture is pleased to invite

applications to its PhD programmes in all areas of art, design and

architecture. The Faculty offers AHRC studentships in two

cross-university training centres: TECHNE and the London Doctoral

Design Centre (LDOC). These centres offer the highest quality research

expertise and aim to develop the next generation of art and design

researchers. TECHNE has approximately 50 scholarships to award each

year across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. LDOC is focused

in the Design and Built Environment areas and has approximately 6

scholarships to award each year. In 2015-16, 11 AHRC studentships were

awarded to Kingston applicants. Maintenance rates for 2016-17 are

yet to be announced by the AHRC, but for a guide, the 2015/16 maintenance

rate for full-time students is £16,075.


TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

TECHNE provides an outstanding graduate training experience, drawing

together the best of traditional scholarship, history, theory and

practice across seven higher education institutions in London and the

South East with extensive collaboration from 13 world-leading partners

including the Natural History Museum, the V&A, the Science Museum, the

BFI and the Barbican. Further information is available at:


London Doctoral Design Centre (CDT)

LDOC offers a unique opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research

in Design, supported by a rich and varied network of design research

expertise and creative industry partners organisational partners

(including BT, Design Council, International Flavours and Fragrances,

Microsoft Research Cambridge and V&A Museum). We are looking for

motivated and engaged individuals, from any disciplinary background,

with a strong interest in exploring how design can make a difference to

contemporary social concerns, knowledge production and creative

practices. Further information is available at:


Deadline for final applications to Kingston University:

- GMT 5pm Friday 8 January 2016

- Interviews held in the week beginning 18 January 2016

- Final submission via Kingston to TECHNE/ LDoc: Sunday 7 February 2016


Details of the application process can be found at the website:

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University of Westminster, London

Architecture MA

The Architecture MA incorporates a number of different study options including an extensive range of individual module choices and specialist pathways in Cultural Identity and Globalisation, History and Theory, and Digital Media.

Situated in the progressive intellectual milieu of London, the Architecture MA programme offers a flexible programme of study and a unique opportunity to pursue advanced postgraduate research combining high-level theoretical investigation with innovative design approaches.

The Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster provides first-class facilities such as state-of-the-art digital design/fabrication equipment and a team of lecturers and researchers deeply immersed in the very latest developments in architectural design, theory, historical research, and technology. The Architecture MA is part of a suite of Masters offered by the Department of Architecture aimed at graduates looking to further their education and enhance their employability by acquiring new knowledge and skills. Focused on architectural research, the Architecture MA also offers a firm grounding for those seeking to pursue further research and/or an academic career.


The teaching team includes the joint Course Leaders:

Dr Davide Deriu, Course Leader: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Richard Difford, Course Leader: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Samir Pandya, Course Leader: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For course content-related enquiries please contact the Course Leaders. For admissions-related enquiries please contact the admissions office: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), ECA, University of Edinburgh

MSc in Architectural History and Theory, University of Edinburgh

This programme offers students advanced training in the methodological, theoretical, and historiographical aspects of architecture and the wider built environment, all within the beautiful and superbly preserved setting of the Scottish capital and UNESCO World Heritage city of Edinburgh. Through a structured set of courses, including a substantial array of elective modules, supervised dissertation research, and optional internships, students will acquire a breadth of historical understanding as well as develop a rigorous approach to research practice and culture. The programme offers excellent preparation for doctoral research and careers that engage with the history and interpretation of architecture and the built environment.

The programme’s distinctiveness lies in the variety of its coverage and its position at the centre of a constellation of subjects and specialist disciplines within Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), including architecture, landscape architecture, history of art, and conservation studies. It is also part of a unique suite of specialist courses and degrees that deal specifically with the history and theory of architecture from the undergraduate level (Architectural History - MA (Hons)) through to PhD research, comprising the largest such centre for the study of architectural history in the United Kingdom.

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University of Sheffield

Project PhD Studentship - Performing Bodies: Anatomical Display in the C20 Fairground

We are delighted to announce a new studentship working on ‘Performing Bodies: Anatomical Display in the Twentieth-Century Fairground’ for entry in October 2015. This opportunity arises from University of Sheffield funding dedicated to developing its research resources, in this case the National Fairground Archive.

The award will cover the cost of UK/EU tuition fees and provide an annual maintenance grant (£14,057 in 2015-16) plus an annual Research Training Support Grant of £1,000 for three years.

Application deadline: 12pm, Monday 11 May 2015

Interviews: interviews will take place in the week commencing 1 June 2015

Further information about the award and how to apply is available on our website:


The Project

The project will use the National Fairground Archive’s collection on sideshows and fairground exhibits in a multidisciplinary exploration of the popular presentation of bodily and anatomical display. Both simulacra (waxworks, mannequins and ‘sleeping beauty’ exhibits) and live display (freak shows to strip tease) were deployed within performative frameworks, exploiting ideas of the arcane, the unsettling and the macabre in relation to the body and embodiment. Within the noisy, transient and atemporal world of the fairground, these uncanny encounters provided important insight into popular constructions of human agency and identity.

Central areas of investigation include:

·         What do the historical, aesthetic and performative constructions of anatomical display reveal about contemporary understandings of embodiment and human identity and how did these change over the course of the twentieth century?
·         How are constructions of gendered bodies reflected and constructed within the fairground displays, discourses and practices?
·         How were scientific and medical discourses transposed into popular culture?
·         How might the fairground audience have made sense of these various forms of the human body, living and non-living, sexed and non-sexed?

The Studentship

Supervisory team: Professor Mary Vincent (Department of History), Dr Julia Dobson (School of Languages and Cultures)

The doctoral project will constitute an independent piece of research on a topic related to the overall project. The student will be able to use evidence and electronic resources generated by the project; attend project meetings, workshops and conferences; benefit from working closely with the investigators and Research Associates; and be given the opportunity to co-write publications. Nonetheless, in consultation with the supervisors, s/he will be given the latitude to shape their own direction of research.

The student will have access to the established archival practices and support of the National Fairground Archive and the multidisciplinary network of Medical Humanities Sheffield. Training available through the Doctoral Academy, Doctoral Development Programme provision and Faculty postgraduate networks is further supported by a dynamic postgraduate and research community.


Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Julia Dobson (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and Professor Mary Vincent (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

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University of Stirling

Fully Funded Doctoral Studentship: Literature and Architecture, 1700—1850

Literature and Languages

The School of Arts and Humanities is pleased to invite applications for this three-year, fully-funded PhD Studentship (fees and subsistence at current AHRC UK/EU rates). Funded by the University of Stirling, this studentship is designed to complement an AHRC Leadership Project entitled ‘Writing Britain’s Ruins, 1700-1850: The Architectural Imagination’. Led by Dale Townshend, and supported by post-Doctoral Fellow Dr Peter Lindfield and a network of academics from various disciplines across the UK, this interdisciplinary project seeks to explore the relationship between architecture and literary culture in Britain over the long eighteenth century (1700—1850). While the precise scope and emphases of the thesis will be shaped by the interests and initiative of the successful applicant in consultation with the supervisory team, likely areas for research might include: 

  • Literature and the rise of heritage in the long eighteenth century
  • Antiquarianism and the literature of architectural ruin
  • Topographical poetry in the eighteenth century
  • Romanticism and architecture
  • Individual Gothic / Romantic writers and the architectural
  • Gothic architecture and the ‘Gothic’ literary aesthetic



The PhD student will be based at Stirling University, which has long been, and remains, an internationally recognised centre for the study of the Gothic, Romanticism and Heritage Studies. The thesis will be supervised by Dr Dale Townshend, and additional supervisory support determined on the basis of topic of the successful candidate. 

The Studentship is likely to commence on 1 September 2015, and no later than 1 January 2016

Further information on the studentship and on the application procedure is available here

Potential applicants are welcome to contact Dr. Dale Townshend (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) informally with any questions they may have. 

Interviews will be held shortly thereafter, at the University of Stirling


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School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

MA in Architectural Design

The MA in Architectural Design is a design-based Masters course focusing on knowledge of design approaches and processes. It encourages students to develop a distinctive design practice. The programme builds on the School of Architecture´s acclaimed research and teaching expertise in the area of architectural design, complementing the work done in ARB/RIBA accredited programmes of the School. These consider architectural design within a broad social, environmental and economic context. Students on the MA in Architectural Design programme are encouraged to explore, challenge, and inform contemporary architectural design practice through seminars, research, studio project work, field trips, and participation in design-led practice, teaching and learning innovations – for example the pioneering `Live Projects´.

Graduates have pursued careers both in architectural and design practice and in academia. The MA in Architectural Design also supports the PhD by Design programme, providing an appropriate entry-level one-year Masters course as a foundation for doctoral research.

The MA in Architectural Design is open to students only as a full-time course. Full-time students are registered for one full year (October to September).



Dr Renata Tyszczuk

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+44 (0)114 2220347


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School of Architecture, The University of Sheffield

MA in Urban Design

The MA in Urban Design programme addresses a growing national and international need for professionals who are knowledgeable and skilled in urban design. It has been increasingly recognized that urban design and urban designers form the long neglected yet crucial link that can mediate between individual architectural projects and overall planning strategies.

The Sheffield MA in Urban Design programme is characterized through a strong design focus, the integration of participation and participatory design processes, and an international relevance combined with regional appliance.

The strong focus on participatory design of the MA in Urban Design is unique amongst national and international courses in Urban Design. It combines two of the most topical issues in the discourse regarding the production of the built environment – participation and urban design. It aims to produce graduates with highly developed design skills, but in a manner in which those skills are understood within a broad social, environmental and economic context.

The course draws strongly on the Sheffield School of Architecture´s intellectual ethos, which emphasises social and environmental responsibilities in relation to the design and production of the built environment. The MA in Urban Design further builds on the department's acclaimed research and teaching expertise, specifically in the field of participatory design, and extends the approach of its M.Arch Architectural Designprogramme, which has built an international reputation for the political and strategic focus of its work.



Dr. Florian Kossak

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+44 (0)114 2220341


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The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London

MA Architectural History, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Started in 1981, the MA Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture is the UK's longest established and best known master's course in the historical, theoretical and critical interpretation of architecture, cities, urban spaces, creative practices and of their representations.

Over the past 30 years the course has been continually developed and revised, prioritising the exploration of new and existing methodologies and critical theories as they might be applied to the study of architecture and cities. Rather than dealing with architecture exclusively through the work of famous individuals, landmark buildings, stylistic classification or normative categories, the course locates architecture within social, ideological, creative, political, theoretical and urban processes. In doing so, it explores the boundaries of what might be regarded as legitimate architectural objects of study, and the interpretations that might be made of them.

The student cohort of 15-18 individuals comprises a dynamic mix of UK, EU and international participants from all parts of the world.

Located in the centre of London, MA Architectural History students also benefit from a huge range of research, study and personal opportunities, from the dynamism of the city itself as one of the foremost global centres of architectural and urban culture, to the use of extensive libraries and other research facilities, to the opportunity to enjoy innumerable public exhibitions, conferences, lectures, debates, film screening and other events.


Full information is available on the programme website at:
For more information on the full range of programmes, research, news and events connected with architectural history & theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, see:

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The British School at Rome

The British School at Rome - Residential Awards for Research 2011-12

Residential Awards for Research in the Archaeology, History, Art History,Society and Culture of Italy from Prehistory to the Modern Period 

The British School at Rome is a leading humanities research institute with outstanding facilities and an international reputation for research and interdisciplinarity in Italy and across the Commonwealth. Our highly competitive and prestigious awards have provided many leading scholars with a critical base for their subsequent careers. Applications are invited for a number of residencies at the British School at Rome. These awards, tenable for three or nine months, give scholars at different stages of their careers a valuable opportunity to pursue their research in Rome. They offer accommodation, food, 24-hour access to our historic library collection and, in some instances, a research grant.  Application deadline: 18 January 2011 For further details and application forms, please visit



The Registrar,
The British School at Rome,
at The British Academy,
10 Carlton House Terrace,
London, SW1Y 5AH

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Columbia University

Tenure-track position in architectural history

The Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University is conducting a search to fill a position in architectural history. The job announcement is pasted below.


Robert E. Harrist, Jr.,
Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art History
and Department Chairman
Department of Art History and Archaeology
Columbia University
New York, New York 10027

Columbia University. Department of Art History and Archaeology. Tenure-track position in architectural history, 1500-1750 (Renaissance-Baroque), assistant professor level.  All geographical  areas will be considered, but the department is eager to find candidates with scholarly work on topics outside Italy. Candidates whose scholarship or teaching spans the Atlantic world of the 16th, 17th and early 18th centuries or addresses colonial architecture  elsewhere are especially encouraged to apply. The position is in a department traditionally strong in the history of architecture taught as an integral part of the history of art and will include teaching Art Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Art, part of the core curriculum of Columbia College. Applicants should hold a  Ph.D. at the time of appointment and will be expected to sustain an active research and publication agenda while teaching in both the  undergraduate and graduate programs. To apply, please go online to Include a letter of application, CV, writing samples and three letters of recommendation.

Review of applications begins immediately; interviews are expected to take place in the late fall. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.



Kellie Alexandra Jack
Undergraduate Coordinator/Chairman's Assistant
Department of Art History and Archaeology
Columbia University
826 Schermerhorn Hall
1190 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027
Telephone: 212-854-4505
Fax: 212-854-7329

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University of Queensland

The University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2011

 - Closing Date 17th May 2010.

The University of Queensland (UQ) invites applications for a number of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in 2011, to be awarded to early career researchers of exceptional calibre wishing to conduct full-time research at the University in any of its disciplines.

The selection process will consider the alignment of the proposed research with areas of existing research strength, or research areas that UQ Faculties/Institutes wish to develop as priorities.

To be eligible, an applicant must not have had more than five years full-time professional research experience or equivalent part-time experience since the award of a PhD, as at 30 June 2010.

The period of appointment will be for three years and appointees are expected to commence in early 2011. The current salary range for the award is A$72,202 - $80,460 p.a., comprising a base salary of A$61,711 - $68,769, plus 17% superannuation. Each appointee will be entitled to maintenance funds of A$20,000 over the term of the Fellowship to support research costs. Appointees relocating from interstate or overseas will be entitled to reimbursement of travel and relocation costs.

The Guidelines, Conditions of Award and Application Form are available online at:

For further information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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University College London

MSc Urban Studies

This unique course is a collaboration between four UCL faculties (the Bartlett; Arts and Humanities; Engineering; and Social and Historical Sciences). Students take two core modules in "Urban imaginations" and "City, space and power" and then choose further courses from over twenty optional modules ranging from research training (for the dissertation) to specialist modules such as "Creative cities", "Spatial planning", "Urban design", "Cities in a globalizing South", "Italian cinema and the city", and "Post-colonial theory and the multicultural city."

This advanced interdisciplinary programme is aimed at two main groups of students: first, students from a professional background who wish to take an opportunity for critical reflection and skills enhancement for their career development; and second, students who wish to consider embarking on a research career in the urban field and see the MSc as a useful first step towards independent writing and research at PhD or postdoctoral level.

Entry requirements are the equivalent of a first or upper-second class degree. Full time, part time and flexible study options are available.

The course is run by the UCL Urban Laboratory:


Academic enquiries to:
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Admissions enquiries to Linda Fuller: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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University College for the Creative Arts

MA Spatial Practices: Art, Architecture, and Performance

The course draws on the close relationship between fine art and architecture at our Canterbury campus – where there are the long-established MFA (International Practice) and MA Fine Art– and provides opportunities to investigate critical issues of the spatial and site, which may be institutional, discursive, architectural, specific or performative.

In this course, student projects will be contextualized within contemporary debates around how spaces are produced, performed, theorised and gendered, and will extend the boundaries of contemporary art, architecture, design, performance and spatial practices. The course is supported by a visiting programme of artists, architects, performance theorists, geographers and cultural theorists.

Prospective students will have a background related to any of a number of disciplines, including fine art, architecture, performance, dance, design, media and the humanities. On the course they will engage with their particular discipline through an expanded notion of transformational, spatial practice which will evolve through an investigative approach drawing on the interdisciplinary framework of the course.

The Canterbury School of Architecture is part of the University College for the Creative Arts, which has around 6,500 students enrolled on more than 80 different courses, and offers ARB/RIBA Architecture Parts 1 and 2 as well as Interior Architecture and Design. The University College is home to several public art galleries - including the Herbert Read on the Canterbury Campus -, to the Crafts Study Centre, and to research centres that include the Centre for Sustainable Design, the Animation Research Centre and the Public Art and Architecture (PARC) research centre. In addition, UCCA is home to various research 'clusters', including MAKE - The Model as an Articulation of Knowledge and Experimentation - and the Critical Spatial Practices group which directly supports the MA Spatial Practices.

Oren Lieberman: Course Leader, MA Spatial Practices: Art, Architecture, and Performance

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