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Cardiff University: Welsh School of Architecture

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Cardiff University
Welsh School of Architecture


Our environment
The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University, which was originally established in 1920, is now one of the top-ranked schools of architecture in the UK. We attract postgraduate students from around the world who benefit from the unique experience of studying and living in the friendly and welcoming capital city of Wales.

We provide a vibrant, collaborative environment for teaching and research; our students and staff communities encompass diverse national, cultural and professional backgrounds. We also foster a strong studio culture, encouraging student architects to confront complex situations and issues with intelligence and creativity.

Through our research and teaching we seek to create a built environment that enhances people’s lives now while contributing to the wellbeing of future generations. We collaborate with universities, industry and architectural practices across the world to maximise our student learning experience and the impact of our research. We also work closely with local communities to share our expertise and achieve common goals.  As a result, for several years, we have been listed among the top 50 schools specialising in Architecture and the Built Environment in the QS World Rankings.

Our postgraduate taught programmes
We currently offer seven master's degree programmes and one postgraduate diploma, aimed at students who would like to specialise in a particular subject or enhance their career options. Our portfolio of postgraduate courses demonstrates our expertise in architectural studies, sustainable environments and urban design and many of them are accredited by relevant professional institutions.

All of our postgraduate courses offer opportunities to embed your knowledge into practice through project work and course-essential fieldtrips (with most travel and accommodation paid for by the School). We also offer part-time and distance learning options on some of our courses.

MA Architectural Design
MA Urban Design
Master of Design Administration *Distance Learning option
MSc Computational Methods in Architecture
MSc Environmental Design of Buildings  *Distance Learning option
MSc Sustainable Building Conservation
MSc Sustainable Mega-Buildings
PGDip in Architecture: Professional Practice (RIBA Part 3) *Distance learning option 

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Our postgraduate research programmes
Our postgraduate research programmes offer students the opportunity to work and study alongside internationally recognised academics in their fields.

Our MPhil and PhD programmes relate to the School’s established reputation in all aspects of sustainability, urbanism, architectural history and design-led approaches to research and offer you the opportunity to work closely with academics related to your chosen field of study.

Our postgraduate research community comprises around 70 research students. These students are all at different stages in their M.Phil/PhD studies and are exploring a wide variety of topics and questions relating to the built environment

Our inclusive Research and Scholarship Groups (RSGs) sustain and support our research culture and help to mentor and nurture our research students and early career researchers. As a research student, you will have access to all of our RSGs to maximise exposure to your subject area and foster collaboration with other researchers. There are six available research groups:

Available PhD and MPhil courses

A full-time PhD registration is three years (or five years part-time) and a full-time MPhil is one year (or two years part-time).

Our facilities
Our teaching is based in the Bute Building, a Grade II listed building close to the city centre of Cardiff. 

The Bute Building is home to our bespoke Architecture Libraryrobotics laboratorymedia lab Living Lab and workshop, as well as various studio, exhibition and teaching spaces. As part of a major investment, we have refurbished our School to incorporate a wide range of new facilities for students and staff.

These facilities include a dedicated zone for craft and digital fabrication, studios relocated together to improve the studio environment and culture, along with the addition of a hybrid studio and a Living Lab: a space where academia, communities and industries can work together.

The redesign of Bute has also incorporated dedicated space for postgraduate taught and research students, including refurbished rooms and a new auditorium for hosting symposia and conferences, as well as break-out and rest areas that will support informal and social activities.

Student life
Cardiff is a thriving, beautiful city widely recognised as an outstanding place to live and study. It combines the advantages of a compact, friendly and inexpensive location with the cultural and recreational facilities of a modern capital city.

Cardiff University offers a range of accommodation choices to suit individual preferences and budgets, with overseas and EU postgraduates (arriving in September) guaranteed a place for their first year.

There are also a wide range of facilities and support services available, such as student supportsports facilities, and specialised postgraduate facilities, to help you to ease into university life.

Watch our videos to find out more about the courses we offer:

MSc Environmental Design of Buildings


MSc Environmental Design of Buildings (Distance learning version)


MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings



MSc Sustainable Building Conservation



MA Architectural Design

MSc Computational Methods in Architecture

Contact details

Welsh School of Architecture
Cardiff University
Bute Building
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB


Available courses

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