Planning

MPhil / PhD

You will be joining a team that has close links with schools across Europe, the Americas and Pacific Asia. There is a wide range of research topics that reflects the diverse expertise of academic staff in the School.

The world’s first planning school

As the world’s first planning school, established 1909, Civic Design offers you quality professional education within a setting renowned for its innovative, influential research and scholarship.

  • 1909

    we became the world’s first planning school.

  • 50%

    of our research activity deemed as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' REF (2014).

  • 35%

    of our research activity deemed 'internationally recognised' REF (2014).

Overview

There is a wide range of research topics that reflects the diverse expertise of academic staff in the School. To find out more about the research topics available, and the ongoing research studentships visit our Postgraduate Research page.

We aim to produce researchers with strong, transferable research skills, who are internationally recognised in their own fields and understand current environmental and academic research problems.

You’ll develop your research skills primarily by completing a project under supervision. These skills include:-

  • data collection
  • manipulation of the data
  • data interpretation and modelling
  • critical analysis
  • literature surveys
  • presentation skills, through international conferences.

We’ll also encourage and train you to publish academic papers. It’s not unusual for students to students leave with 2-3 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals.

Research groups

  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Policy formulation
  • Management and governance
  • Earth Surface Dynamics
  • Geology and Geophysics
  • Earth's Interior Dynamics
  • People, Space and Place

Study options and fees

MPhil

Fees

Duration Home and EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,327 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £23,650 (Lab based programmes) £18,000 (Non Lab based programmes) (2020) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
Part time 4-6 years £2,163.50 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £11,825 (Lab based programmes) £9,000 (Non Lab based programmes) (2020) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

* These fees don't include research support fees (also known as bench fees). After applying, you will receive the total cost to study with us.

PhD

Fees

Duration Home and EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,327 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £23,650 (Lab based programmes) £18,000 (Non Lab based programmes) (2020) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
Part time 4-6 years £2,163.50 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £11,825 (Lab based programmes) £9,000 (Non Lab based programmes) (2020) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

* These fees don't include research support fees (also known as bench fees). After applying, you will receive the total cost to study with us.

Fee reduction for self-funded international students on lab-based programmes

If you're a self-funded international student studying a lab-based programme, you'll receive a £2,000 reduction in fees for your first year of study.

MD

Fees

Duration Home and EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,327 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £23,650 (Lab based programmes) £18,000 (Non Lab based programmes) (2020) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
Part time 2-6 years £2,163.50 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £11,825 (Lab based programmes) £9,000 (Non Lab based programmes) (2020) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

* These fees don't include research support fees (also known as bench fees). After applying, you will receive the total cost to study with us.

Entry requirements

Eligibility and entry qualifications

The normal entry requirement for all our postgraduate programmes is a good first degree (2:1) or above, in a related area from an approved university or equivalent. Applications from those with non traditional qualifications and relevant work experience are also welcomed and will be considered on their individual merits.

English language requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this.  See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

We welcome applications from within the EU and from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those which are required to study for this research degree.  See our guidance on international qualifications.

Additional requirements

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

More about applying for research degrees

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Find a supervisor

Your supervisor is your main source of academic support and mentoring. You'll need to find a supervisor before you start your research degree. It's helpful to identify a supervisor and discuss your research proposal before you apply.

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