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The PhD programme

The PhD Programme at AHO offers a multi-disciplinary research environment in design, history and theory of architecture, preservation, architecture and its technologies, urbanism and landscape studies.

The PhD Programme brings together research approaches from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and engineering to the stydy of architecture and design. A PhD degree from AHO qualifies the candidate for leadership roles in research-orientes careers that require a high degree of independence to make informed judgements on complex questions within specialists fields. PhD candidates will be integrated and participate in AHO's active research environment, collaborate with other researchers, and be affiliates with relevant national and internationsal research networks. 
The degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) is conferred on the basis of:

  • Completion of the PhD Programme’s educational component (30 ECTS)
  • Approved scientific document of record. The document may be submitted in the following forms:
    • a written monograph
    • a compilation of several written works (article-based thesis)
    • a compilation of written and performing works (work-based thesis)
  • Approved trial lecture on a given topic
  • Approved public defence of the thesis (disputation)

The PhD Programme’s educational component consists of the internal courses “Designing Research Methods” (7.5 ECTS) and “Apparatus: Reading, Writing, Framing” (15 ECTS), external elective courses (7.5 ECTS), a mid-term evaluation, compulsory seminars and participation in international conferences. Candidates receive close follow-up and academic supervision, but must take responsibility for planning and carrying out the individual thesis work.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of a PhD the candidate:

  • demonstrates thorough understanding of a substantial body of knowledge with expertise that is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice.
  • masters the field’s philosophy of science and/or artistic issues and methods.
  • can evaluate the expediency and application of different methods and processes in research and scholarly and/or artistic development projects.
  • can contribute to the development of new knowledge, new theories, methods, interpretations, and forms of documentation in the field.
After completion of a PhD the candidate:
  • can conceptualize, design, and implement advanced scholarly research and/or artistic work for the generation of new knowledge, applications, or understanding.
  • masters the academic practices (conference presentations, publishing academic papers, writing research proposals) within their own discipline.
  • engages in critical reflection on the roles, formats, and objectives of academic research and/or artistic research.
  • comprehends advanced academic writing.
General competence
After completion of a PhD the candidate:
  • manages complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects.
  • can communicate ambiguous ideas, issues, and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • can participate in debates in the field in international forums.
  • can assess the need for, initiate, and practice innovation.

Compulsory cources in the PhD programme

All courses are taught in English. Information about timetables and the structure of the PhD program can be found on the PhD program's own webpage.

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Chair of PhD programme:
Tim Ainsworth Anstey

PhD programme coordinator:
Jeppe Bucher