The Graduate School of Architecture and the Built Environment [A+BE] is TU Delft's framework for your PhD study in architecture, building technology, urbanism, landscape architecture, geomatics, management of the built environment and housing, covering aspects such as history, cultural heritage, and sustainability.
The TU Delft Graduate School of Architecture and the Built Environment is a 'local school' in the framework of the overall TU Delft Graduate School.
A+BE's vision is to consolidate the reputation of the Faculty of Architecture as a leading design academy/research institute; to be an international platform for innovation in architecture, building technology, urbanism, landscape architecture, geomatics, management of the built environment and housing; and to be a platform for debate on innovation in current and societal themes in architecture and the built environment.
A+BE's mission is to reinforce a research culture in a key design and engineering discipline; to educate leading international PhD students in architecture, building technology, urbanism, landscape architecture, geomatics, management of the built environment and housing; to perform excellent and innovative design-oriented research.
A+BE's objective is to play a key role in the cluster of architectural and urban-design industries in the west of the Netherlands, while developing a strong international presence, capitalising on the reputation of Dutch architecture and spatial planning and the significance of the Randstad as a leading European urban region.
Join a four-year programme, based on a mix of your research, learning discipline and generic skills, and on-the-job-training.
We expect you to conduct your research and deliver your PhD thesis within a four-year programme. You are required to obtain 45 Graduate School Credits. Your study load is 15 GS credits a year, considering your last year will be spent completing your thesis. A+BE offers you the possibility to obtain these credits through specific courses, learning discipline and generic skills, and through research-related on the job activities. TU Delft offers a range of in-house courses. The introduction course and the career-orientation course are mandatory. You can choose the other courses at your discretion, in consultation with your supervisors. You have at your disposal an annual budget of 1250 that allows you to visit conferences or to follow courses provided by third parties.
Your progress is tracked by 5 reviews:
After 3 months you present your training and supervisor plan;
After 9 or 12 months you present a full proposal and a first proof of research/design;
After review B you will take part in yearly progress reviews
You close your PhD research off with a doctoral defence ceremony.
The final product of your PhD research is a thesis or a collection of five scientific articles that are published in peer-reviewed journals that are indexed in ISI and/or Scopus.
Your main supervisor is a professor at TU Delft. If your professor doesn't hold a PhD-title him/herself, then you are required to add a co-supervisor to your supervision team that does have a PhD-title.
In addition to the main supervisor a daily supervisor may be assigned to you. The daily supervisor also holds a PhD.
As a PhD student you are entitled to an annual budget of 1250 (for a maximum of four years). This budget can be spent on courses and on conferences, including travel. Your department makes this budget available.
The Graduate School A+BE offers to publish your PhD thesis simultaneously as printing-on-demand book, e-book and an interactive PDF and will cover the costs for this.
A+BE expects that you meet the following requirements before you start a PhD in Delft.
All PhD students must hold a degree equivalent to Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Architecture, Urbanism, Building Technology, Real Estate, Built Environment, Geomatics or another field that supports the research objectives of the Graduate School of Architecture and the Built Environment.
If you are not sure whether your degree equals the Dutch Master of Science title you can ask Nuffic to help you. Nuffic is the national contact point for the evaluation of foreign diplomas in higher and general secondary level education in the Netherlands.
You can also consult the TU Delft Admissions Office. Just send the Admissions Office copies of your degree certificates and you will receive free advice from an experienced admissions officer within three weeks.