Research course

Urban and Regional Governance

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Entry requirements

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

Course content

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 the School's research webpages for more information on the School's research interests.

Full details of this programme are available on the Cardiff University website.

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.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Further details of qualification

Our research tries to make links between theory, policy and practice. This ranges from a longstanding base in Wales, the UK and through a range of international collaborative links. Our current and future plans involve close links with external agencies and professions.

Course contact details

Dr Andrew Kythreotis
+44 (0)29 2087 6063