Queen’s University Belfast Architecture

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Queen’s University Belfast Architecture

“Architecture is about designing our future. Engaging with past and present thinking on practice, culture and technology our graduates are professionals with knowledge and skills to design and deliver the built environments of tomorrow.”



QUB, as Russell Group member, is one of the best places to study Architecture in the UK. In 2014-15, QUB Architecture was ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in The Sunday Times League Table and ranked 5th out of 45 schools of Architecture in the Guardian League Table. Entry for this course does NOT require A Level Art, Maths or Physics.

Postgraduate (Taught)


The programme encompasses design, technology and practice, history and theory. Much of the degree is studio based with an emphasis on self-directed study and ambitious agendas. The focus of the MArch is to investigate and develop the relationships between critical practice, design and research in the making of architectural proposals


The School warmly welcomes all enquiries regarding MPhil and PhD research in architecture.  Please consult our staff pages to identify and contact a potential supervisor.

There are two possible routes to devising a suitable PhD / MPhil topic. The first is to construct a proposal in close consultation with a potential supervisor based in the School. The second is to apply for a staff-driven proposal.  The staff-driven projects will be advertised in October for a September 2017 start. The deadline for UK/EU applicants wishing to be considered for funding for a September 2016 start has now passed. Details of the deadline for a September 2017 start will be released in October. We are delighted to receive applications from international/non-EEA students at any time.  Funding opportunities and deadlines vary by country. Note that it is possible to apply for a place to study towards a PhD at any time. Part-time study is possible for self-funded students.


Doctorates are awarded for the creation and interpretation of knowledge through original research. This requires the ability to conceptualise, design and implement projects for the generation of significant new knowledge and understanding.

Entry to the PhD programme normally requires at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline.  The range of cognate disciplines is considerable given the strongly inter-disciplinary character of the School.  The programme runs for 3 year full-time or 6 years part-time.


An MPhil is similar to the PhD, but is undertaken over a shorter period of time. Entry to the MPhil programme normally requires at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The programme runs for 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.


For a place to pursue PhD and MPhil postgraduate studies, we normally require an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) as a minimum. Please note that there are differences between entrance requirements and requirements for funding, which are assessed separately.

The School is normally allocated a number of research studentships each year relevant to UK/EU applicants. These studentships are managed through School.

Applicants applying for a project orientated towards the humanities may also be eligible for a Northern Bridge (AHRC) studentship.

There is a residency requirement (UK, EU) for both funding schemes. Funding for non-EEA students varies by country. For details of international funding opportunities through Queen’s, please see here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/. Applicants who are non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements for English language for visa purposes.


In the first instance, please contact a potential supervisor to discuss making an application.  For general inquiries please contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinator for Planning [or Architecture as relevant], Dr Shane Donohue (s.donohue@qub.ac.uk)

Our established reputation generated over 50 years means that our graduates are often placed with leading employers from around the world. They are those who will be leaders in their fields, creatively rethinking the past, present and particularly the future of the built environment.


Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply


UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2016 from 1 September 2015. The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2016, however, for candidates applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those whose choices include Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science the closing date is 15 October 2015.

Currently there are two intakes to Adult Nursing (one in September and the other in February).

Those applying for entry in February 2016 should apply prior to 15 January 2015.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside theUK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the official closing date.

For Queen’s, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code isQ75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note a Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.