Research course

Countryside and Community

University of Gloucestershire · Countryside and Community Research Institute
PhDMPhilMSc by researchMA by research

Entry requirements

• a 2.1 or above from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification, is normally required in a subject area relevant to your chosen research topic • in exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research, or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area • registration is usually for MPhil or MRes or MA/MSc by Research with the possibility of transfer to PhD • candidates with a masters degree in a relevant subject that contains appropriate research methods training may register for PhD directly • international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

The Countryside and Community Research Institute is a collaboration between the University of Gloucestershire, Hartpury College, and the Royal Agricultural University. As a result it is one of the leading specialist rural research centres in the country.

Actively engaged in innovative research funded through a wide range of EU and UK organisations, it was recognised as having 71% of its research outputs classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally recognised’ in the recent Research Excellence Framework (Architecture, Built Environment and Planning Unit of Assessment).

Based at the University of Gloucestershire, the institute has expertise in all aspects of research in policy and planning for the countryside and the environment of the UK, Europe and further afield. It currently has programmes of research in agriculture, food and land use, community and society, and the rural environment.

The CCRI provides a stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate students to pursue research for PhD and MPhil degrees, via full-time or part-time study. There is a vibrant research student community and students are encouraged to interact with the professional life of the institute through the form of a winter school, writing groups, seminars and workshops.

Department specialisms

Agriculture and the Environment; Economic Restructuring and the Planning System in the Countryside; Land Use Planning; Rural Service Provision; Countryside Recreation; Rural (Housing, Leisure, Deprivation); Parish Councils; Village Appraisals

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months
part time
48-84 months


full time
18-36 months
part time
30-60 months

MSc by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
18-36 months

MA by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
18-36 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0)3330 141414