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Studying for an MPhil with UEL's School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) will push you to the limit - and you'll be supported all the way by our world-class academic staff. 

ACE has strong research expertise in urban sustainability, cyber-security and big data studies. We're also world leaders in ecological and environmental protection studies - from peat marsh carbon capture to bumblebee conservation. 

We have a strong culture of research collaboration between our architecture, computing, engineering and geo-information centres; as well as with other UEL Schools and international partners.

ACE is developing better security for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, as part of a €3 million EU project. The work will protect multi-screen mobile TV, software licensing, as well as stored data.

ACE is a centre of excellence for sustainable green roof design. Its research is developing better water management, a reduced urban heat island effect, energy conservation, and increased biodiversity.

The School is part of an EU project to boost Europe's data centre sector by reducing energy consumption, using algorithms and holistic systems to improve environmental designs.

What makes this course different

Gold award cup

62% of research rated 'World-leading' or 'internationally excellent'

Sixty two per cent of UEL's research was rated 'World-leading' or 'Internationally excellent', according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Two students working together on computer

82% of students felt their research skills developed during their course

Postgraduate students score our academic staff highly in terms of support and the quality of their teaching.

Interior of the library

£170 million invested in our facilities

We've invested £170 million in new buildings and facilities, including our £14 million library in Stratford.


A PhD is an original and distinct contribution to the knowledge of the field of study. It is often essential for those wishing to follow an academic or research career in industry or commerce. PhD research can be carried out in all subject areas.

The most popular course is the PhD via MPhil. 

All Postgraduate Research students are supervised by at least two research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews.

The PhD via MPhil course normally takes a minimum of 36 months (full-time) 60 months (part-time) to complete. Students enrolled in full-time mode of study will transfer from the MPhil to a PhD usually at the two year stage or equivalent for part-time study.

At the end of your PhD, you will be required to submit an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.


This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.



Research proposals

Research proposals give us a better understanding of the area you want to study for an MPhil, PhD via MPhil or PhD Direct course.

You don’t have to follow a predetermined structure when writing your proposal, but it's a good idea to include a title that describes the aims and scope of your research, and information on how your ideas fit in with the research interests of UEL.

Other important elements include: relevant academic literature, how your research will advance knowledge in this area, and a possible methodology. You should also include a timescale for your research.

To find out more about how to write your research proposal, see our research proposal guidance.


At the end of your PhD, you will be required to submit an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.


Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

Major areas of research within ACE include: urban sustainability, ecological and environmental protection, data security, mobile computing, seismic studies, and storm surge prediction.

You can find out more on the research pages for the School.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

Under the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), the UK government requires international - non-UK or EU/EEA - students planning to undertake postgraduate research in science, engineering or technology areas.

If this applies to you, you will need to apply to the UK government for an ATAS Clearance Certificate to study in the UK as soon as UEL has made you an offer of a postgraduate place. The scheme applies only to UEL postgraduate students in the Schools of Health, Sport and Bioscience (HSB) and Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE).

You can find out more about ATAS here.


Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.