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MPhil in Architecture & Urban Studies (MAUS)

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The MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies (MAUS)

The MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies (MAUS) is a programme of advanced study on modern and contemporary architecture and the continued development of cities around the world.  Students from a variety of academic backgrounds work in an interdisciplinary environment with urbanists, environmental specialists, architectural theorist and historians, as well as with design practitioners.  In such an environment, students will explore a wide range of ideas, research methods and theoretical approaches in order to undertake critical and rigorous analysis of issues relating to both architecture and the challenges and complexity of the world’s rapidly changing cities. The course entertains close connections with the Masters in Architectural and Urban Design enabling research-driven dialogue with designers. 

The course offers a flexible structure that is tailored to the needs of individual student’s research interests. Seminars and lectures are organised along two basic strands:  1) one focuses on sustainability and environmental design from a more technical point of view;  2) the other emphasises the socio- political and cultural context of architecture and the city with an approach rooted in the humanities and social sciences.  Students may participate in both strands, but can also focus on one only.  In the second term there is choice of more specialist seminars within both streams.  Students are actively encouraged to explore issues across these basic disciplinary boundaries.  The course asks students to expand upon their own experiences by pursuing research in their areas of interest.

Strand 1:  Sustainability and Environmental Design

Michaelmas Term

Core Course Seminars:

1.    Environmental Design Strategy: Towards a Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture

Professor Alan Short

2.    Managing Urban Change: Theory and Practice

Dr Ying Jin

Lent Term

Core Course Seminar:

1. Resilience, Modelling and Policy

Dr Emily So, Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank and Dr Yeonsook Heo


Strand 2:   Socio-politics and Culture of Architecture and the City

Michaelmas Term

Core Course Seminar:

1.    Studies in the Socio-politics of Architecture and the City

Professor Nick Bullock and Dr Maximilian Sternberg

Lent Term

Optional Seminar Modules:

1.     A Cinematic Approach to Everyday Life and Every Environment

Professor François Penz

2.    Peripheral Urbanisms

Dr Felipe Hernández

3.    On the Nature of Conflict in Cities

Dr Wendy Pullan

4.     The Open City

Professor Richard Sennett


Core Teaching Staff for Course

Teaching in the course is closely integrated with the Department’s research arm, the Martin Centre for Architecture and Urban Studies which has a world reputation for research on a wide range of issues and geographical areas.


Prof Nick Bullock

Dr Felipe Hernández

Dr Ying Jin

Prof Francois Penz

Dr Wendy Pullan

Prof Richard Sennett

Prof Alan Short

Dr Emily So

Dr Maximilian Sternberg

Dr Minna Sunnika-Blank


For further information see our Programme Specification

Information on How to apply for the MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies

Information about Funding



At a Glance

Course length and dates:

9 months full-time, October start.  Not available on a part-time basis.


Three essays of 3,000 - 5,000 words and a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words.

Academic requirement:

A 1st class or a high 2i honours degree in architecture, engineering, physics, mathematics, applied science or an appropriate cognate discipline.

English language requirement:

See Graduate Admissions Office.  

Applications accepted from:

The preceding September.

Application Deadlines:

The final deadline for applicants seeking funding is 4 January 2017, but earlier deadlines will apply (for example if you are an overseas applicant from outside of the EU). Even if you are not seeking funding, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by 4 January, as no applications will be accepted once this competitive and popular programme is full.

If places are still available on programmes beyond this deadline; self-funded applicants will continue to be considered until the final deadline of 31 May 2017.  No applications will be considered after this deadline.

Course Fees:

Information relating to the fee for this course is available from the Graduate Admissions Office.  


If you are seeking funding for your course via one of the University’s main funding competitions, there are specific deadlines and eligibility criteria for each competition.  Please check the Funding Section of the Graduate Admissions Office website for information and application deadlines.