Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree (or equivalent) or a Masters degree in a discipline relevant to the particular area of research. Candidates for whom English is not their first language will be required to demonstrate competency in the English language. We look for the following standard: IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 with at least a score of 7.0 in the writing section, and no less than a score of 6.0 in other sections.
Months of entry
January, October, July, April
The Cardiff School of Planning and Geography is a major international centre for research in the areas of planning, environment, housing and spatial policy. As a top-rated research school with the ambition to play a leading role in academic and policy debates at national and international levels, it aims to recruit committed research students for the pursuit of innovative, cutting-edge research at PhD level. With its international linkages and research profile, the School provides a rich and lively scholarly environment in which to conduct doctoral research work. At present there are around 30 full-time PhD students in the School. A series of shared offices are available for PhD students and each full-time student has access to computer facilities. Research in the School is structured around the following broad themes:
- Sustainable consumption and production systems
- Poverty, social justice and entitlement
- Regional, city-region and neighbourhood governance
- Innovation and regeneration
- Complexity, urban evolution and environmental systems
- Pedagogy, knowledge and the built environment
These themes are explored at multiple scales (supra-national, national, regional and local), in urban and rural spaces, and across different sectors (such as housing, environment, labour markets). Research work at the School of Planning and Geography is organised into five main groups with a number of crosscutting research centres. Some of these focus work within research groups and others operate across research group boundaries. Please see our research webpages for more information on the School's research interests.
Areas of specialism include: City Growth and Spatial Development Geography and Economics of Health and Health Services Inter-relationship between Transport and Development Organisation and Finance of Public Services Teaching and Learning Technology, the Internet and Education Methods of Spatial Analysis and Planning
Information for international students
International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Fees and funding
The School is an ESRC-recognised Quota outlet and also regularly secures SRC/CASE studentships. Eligible students (typically UK and qualifying EU students) may apply for both these types of funding. Project-based studentships are occasionally advertised on the School's website.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Dr Andrew Kythreotis
- +44 (0)29 2087 6063