School of Architecture

University context

The University of Queensland regularly ranks within the top one hundred research universities worldwide. It is regularly ranked in the top one per cent of international universities, including in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

School research culture

The School of Architecture maintains an active research culture, and a collegial environment for research collaboration. The School is highly respected nationally and internationally, and was ranked among the top three in the country for research excellence by the 2012 ERA rankings. Higher Degree by Research candidates participate is a lively research environment including seminars, public lectures, colloquia, and conferences.

Advisory expertise

UQ Architecture is home to some of the most esteemed architectural thinkers and scholars in Australasia, and one of the largest concentrations of research-focussed staff. Research in the School covers a wide range of areas and methods, addressing the physical, social and historical aspects of architecture, including research by design.


As a research-intensive university, UQ receives a generous allocation of APA scholarships from the commonwealth government. These are highly competitive, and open only to domestic applicants. Other scholarships are also available, both to domestic and international applicants. For more information on research scholarships visit the UQ Graduate School scholarships page.

Tuition fee waiver

Australian and New Zealand applicants are exempt from paying tuition fees for all higher degree research. International students may be required to pay tuition fees, but can apply for competitive scholarships to cover these and living expenses.

Other financial assistance

The School offers confirmed HDR candidates a research support allowance of $5000 for a PhD ($3000 for MPhil) towards direct research costs such as fieldwork, conference presentation, and professional editing costs. UQ has other funding programs to assist with travel and other costs on a competitive basis.


Each research candidate is provided with a dedicated desk, computer, office facilities, and access to high level supervision expertise. There are also computer labs and a fabrication workshop available to research candidates. IT support, printing facilities and pastoral support are all provided by the University.

Size - not too big, not too small

There are twenty five current Higher Degree by Research candidates in the School, and this relatively small and intimate cohort allows individual attention to each candidate, and the development of a strong collegial research culture. The School is highly selective, accepting outstanding applicants whose research closely aligns with our existing interests and activities.


The School encourages interdisciplinary research, including cross-enrolment or cross-supervision between different Schools at UQ, and admits research students from a diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds - it is not necessary to have graduated from a degree in architecture to undertake research in the School.

Collegiality and collaboration

Research projects and publications in the School are frequently collaborative, and the research activities of the School are broad. Projects are driven by the interests and work of the staff, who undertake both pure and applied research.

Teaching opportunities

Operating within a school of architecture, HDR candidates are connected to the education of practicing architects, and there are often opportunities to teach and be involved in the professional and undergraduate architecture degree programs.