Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for MPhil or MPhil with the intention of transferring to a PhD (the route which most of our doctoral candidates take) is a first-class or upper second-class UK honours degree or equivalent. Applications also welcomed from those holding qualifications other than the above and will be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the work proposed. The normal entry requirement for the degree of PhD is a recent master's degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed research and which has included research training and a research project.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

We see our research students as playing a vital part in the Department, they are integrated into all aspects of academic life through research groups, seminar series and teaching (where appropriate). They are an important part of the wider research environment.

Our students are researching a wide diversity of topics which reflects the diversity of expertise of the department.

These topics include:

  • the changing role of the planner in the UK;
  • homestay tourism in Thailand;
  • historic conservation policy in Malaysia;
  • sustainable tourism planning in Egypt and refugee women;
  • and language training in the UK, among others.

Department specialisms

Environmental impact assessment; Strategic environmental assessment; Planning and climate change; Regeneration, neighbourhood renewal and urban competitiveness; Sustainable tourism; Historic conservation; Planning history; Urban design; Young people and urban space; Participation and governance; Transport and sustainable urban form; Trans-national migration; Urban growth and change in developing countries; and in related topics.

Information for international students

For applicants who do not have English as their first language, a: British O level, GCSE (grade A, B or C) in English Language; a TOEFL score of 650 or above (written test); or a British Council ELTS band 6 or 7 is necessary.-based) or 90 (internet-based).

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found at: Finance

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-60 months


full time
24-36 months
part time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Dr S Brownill
+44 (0) 1865 484378