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Architecture - Research

Unique in a national and international context in combining the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, spatial planning and environmental policy, the School contributes to the Irish society and economy while shaping international research agendas through a wide spectrum of research activities across and between these four disciplines.

Resource Efficiency

Urban and Rural Settlements

Culture, Heritage & Design

Environmental Processes & Policy

DIGITAL MATTERS: Research Lecture Series

Impact Case Studies −
Eco-Plan: Upping the game for green spaces in urban planning

The Inchicore Model School: a 21st-century design on education

Research Programmes:
There are a wide variety of opportunities to gain a Masters or PhD qualification by research. Enquiries should be made to individual supervisors, in your area of interest, about the research projects currently available.

When you come across a project in which you are interested please contact the supervisor and discuss with him/her what the project entails, your background, funding etc.

If you both decide to pursue the application please send along your CV and transcripts of your studies to the school office.
•Phoenix Park Study: PhD position
•ERC TechEvo Project – 3 PhD Positions (fully-funded, 4-years)
•Funded PhD Opportunities in Environmental Policy. Call for Applications. Exploring Society's Understanding of the Bioeconomy/Bio-Technology and Public Policy.

The School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy offers a wide range of specialist research fields from which to choose and delivered through a Structured PhD programme. This has proven to be highly successful and enables our PhD students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training. Making a substantial and original contribution to knowledge, normally leading to peer-reviewed publications, remains the core objective of doctoral studies in the School. We offer structured PhDs in each of the major disciplinary areas of the School.

The School is committed to providing excellent facilities and training for research students, including well-equipped research suites and laboratories for students with state-of-the-art computing facilities, on-site library services, access to taught modules across the University and regular student and staff seminars. All research students are supervised by one or more members of the academic staff with a recognised expertise in a field related to your chosen area of study.

The structured PhD includes several measures designed to support you in achieving your academic and professional objectives. One of these measures is the requirement of each PhD student to have a Doctoral Studies Panel. The purpose of the Doctoral Studies Panel is to support and enhance the supervisor-student relationship, to monitor your progress during the course of your doctoral studies and to provide advice and support both to you and your supervisor(s). The panel consists not only of your supervisor(s) but also additional advisor(s). A further measure of support is the requirement to complete at least 30 credits of graduate taught modules at the early stages of your study. Thus, each student gains important experience not only in research but also in the broader academic field of study.

The Degree is awarded following successful completion of a programme of supervised research and advanced education and training. The degree will be awarded only where the outcome of the research makes an original and substantial contribution to knowledge and where the candidate has demonstrated the capacity to pursue original research and scholarship. The research is described in a thesis or similar appropriate format, in accordance with international norms, which forms the basis for the examination for the award of the degree of PhD, and which must contain material of a standard and form appropriate for peer reviewed publication.

For further information please contact a subject related member of academic staff directly or the School Manager, Mr. Adam Trodd.


T180 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time.

Further enquiries

For further information please contact the School at:

School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
University College Dublin
Richview, Clonskeagh
D14 E099

For Architecture or Landscape Architecture enquiries, please contact:

•Tel: +353.1-716 2757

For Environmental Policy or Regional and Urban Planning enquiries, please contact:

•Tel: +353.1-716 2711

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School

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