Doctorate by Design

The first of its kind in the UK, this new postgraduate research programme combines innovative design research with critical analysis in Landscape Architecture.

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The Doctorate by Design programme creates the space for innovative, inter-disciplinary Landscape Architecture research, which combines creative practice with analytical written research. Candidates complete both a 60,000 word thesis as well as design research, using two or three-dimensional mixed media.

The design methods include, but are not limited to, the production of landscape representations through:

  • Drawing
  • Film
  • Modelling
  • Programming

This programme builds upon the department’s existing PhD programme and creates new opportunities for creative research methods.

We welcome applications from Landscape Architecture and a range of landscape related fields including Architecture, Urbanism, and Fine Art. A Doctorate by Design can lead to careers in academia, Landscape Architecture and urbanism practice, design consultancy and public sector leadership.

We offer flexible start dates for this programme, which is available on a full-time three-year track, and a six-year part-time route, for those who wish to combine studying for a Doctorate by Design with an active professional life.


How to apply

Click here to find out how to apply. In addition to your online application and information about your proposed research topic, please also include an electronic portfolio of creative works. This will be used to assess your visual and creative skills and should be no more than 20 pages, in PDF format.

For queries about your application or creative portfolio, please email Dr David Buck.

Potential supervisors

Click on the profiles below to find out more about the research interests of staff who can offer supervision in the Doctorate by Design.

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