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Postgraduate research

Our research looks beyond technical design to the complex processes and practices that run through the development, adaptation and use of built environments.

75% of our research activity was defined as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Manchester School of Architecture has an excellent reputation for variety, vitality and quality of work. Our research focuses on:

  • architectural history and theory
  • networks of architectural expertise
  • social studies of architecture
  • the politics of urban infrastructures.

We have specialist and research-active staff who provide a rich and stimulating environment for everyone. Many staff are, or have, practised as architects and have strong links with the architecture community in Manchester and beyond.

Students can follow their own interests, discover the latest world-leading research during lectures and workshops, and attend lectures where leading experts from around the world are invited to speak in detail about their work.