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Graduate Education

Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting: Introduction

The Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting is a multidisciplinary degree encompassing the many disciplines that make up the field of lighting including physics, optics, psychology, physiology, photobiology, engineering, architecture, and design, bringing them together within the context of scientific inquiry, research, and discovery.

Students wishing to concentrate their doctoral studies in lighting will complete at least 30 credit hours of formal coursework covering the physics of light, human factors in lighting, lighting technology, design, and leadership. Following the completion of formal courses, students will concentrate their studies and research in a particular area of scientific inquiry under the guidance of an LRC faculty dissertation advisor. Each student will formulate an individual plan of study in consultation with his or her advisor. Areas of research concentration will also be selected in consultation with the advisor from areas including:

  • Light and health
  • Transportation lighting
  • Solid-state lighting
  • Human factors in lighting
  • Energy efficiency

Students may enter the Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting with an existing bachelor's or master's degree or may first enroll in the Master of Science in Lighting program and continue on to the Ph.D. degree. Students will be required to pass a qualifying exam within their first two years of study as well as a candidacy exam in their third year to be admitted to candidacy for the degree. It is expected that most students entering the program without an existing master's degree will take four years to complete the Ph.D.

Students in the Ph.D. program will typically work as research assistants at the LRC, allowing them to participate in a variety of research projects over the time they are enrolled in the program.

The Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting is designed for students who:

  • Have a passion for discovery
  • Want to create new knowledge in the field of lighting
  • Aspire to find solutions to worldwide challenges
  • Come from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Want to participate in a multidisciplinary educational program in lighting
  • May or may not have practical experience in the field of lighting
  • Are interested in learning about and gaining in-depth experience in lighting research
  • Have the desire to undertake cutting edge research under the guidance of an LRC faculty advisor
  • Wish to work alongside the leading researchers in the field of lighting

Graduates with a Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting can pursue careers as faculty at colleges and universities, in research laboratories, or in other capacities within the lighting industry.


 
 


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