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What will I learn?

Programme description

PhD Planning and Environmental Management provides a vibrant and nurturing research environment for those who are interested in pursuing research in:

  • urban and regional planning;
  • future cities and data analysis;
  • environmental planning and management;
  • environmental impact assessment;
  • green infrastructure, urban design and regeneration;
  • housing and property development.

Our planning and environmental management research focuses primarily around the making of future cities - embracing issues such as spatial analysis, urban governance and sustainability.

We aspire to create better cities by critically analysing and helping shape better policies for promoting equitable and sustainable cities for future generations.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 99% of our department's research activities were considered as internationally recognised, with an exceptionally high proportion (75%) judged to be internationally excellent or world leading.

Our research focuses on the UK, Europe and other international arena such as China and Latin America.

Teaching and learning

We provide excellent doctoral research training on research methodology and substantive content.

Based on an individual skills audit, you may take course units on planning theory, research design process, and quantitative and qualitative methodologies, together with course units that support your specific research specialism.

Our students are proactive in an interdisciplinary forum where PhD students share their work, and hosting their own PhD seminar series as well as participating in the department's own academic seminars.

PhD students also have the opportunity to work as Teaching Assistants, following a training session accredited by the Higher Education Academy.

Career opportunities

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help support you with your goals for the future.

As a postgraduate researcher, you'll have access to a dedicated Researcher Development Team who will support your professional development throughout your PhD journey and beyond.

Our researcher development programme will enable you to become more aware of your developing researcher identity, equipping you with the skills you need during your PhD and prepare you to integrate into the researcher community.

Which department am I in?

School of Environment, Education and Development

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£19,000.00 (US$ 26,151) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,

Manchester,

M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

A First or Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree (or its international equivalent). A relevant master's degree, with Merit and a minimum average grade of 65% in both the taught course units and your dissertation (or international equivalent of 65%). Candidates whose first language is not English require one of the following certificates: IELTS test minimum scores - 7 overall, 7 writing, 6 other sections; TOEFL (internet based) test minimum scores - 100 overall, 25 writing, 22 other sections; Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum scores - 66 overall, 66 writing, 59 other sections; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - overall score of 185 or above, with writing 185 and no other sub-section below 169, or Grade C if taken before 2015; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - overall score of 185 or above, with writing 185 and no other sub-section below 169, or Grade B if taken before 2015.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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