A PhD is awarded for the most advanced level of study available. It shows the ability to devise and carry out a programme of research with originality and critical judgement.
The final product of this Planning Studies MPhil/PhD programme from University College London (UCL) is a thesis of 100,000 words, and an oral examination of the thesis.
In common with a number of other UK Universities, UCL does not admit students directly onto a PhD programme in the first instance, but requires all research students to first enrol for an MPhil degree.
Activities and Events for Research Students
There are many regular seminar series held at the Bartlett School of Planning which are open to all research students.
In addition, there are a number of initiatives instigated by, or run especially for, research students. Details of these activities for research students can be found on our website. All this contributes to a lively research environment in the Bartlett School of Planning.
Careers and employability
Students completing a research degree have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. Graduates are expected to take jobs with a wide variety of public and private employers in the UK and abroad, including:
- research institutes
- government organisations
- Economic development: diverse aspects of the economy in complex city-regions; processes of industry clustering and innovation; local and regional economic development; impacts of multinational companies; foreign direct investment and trade openness; political economy of urban regeneration
- Property and regeneration: inter-relationship of property markets and planning; effectiveness and sustainability of urban regeneration in the UK, Europe and internationally
- Spatial planning: planning systems, policies and processes in the UK, Europe and beyond
- Sustainable development: lifestyle, consumption and production; investment and property development; eco-design and planning for climate change
- Urban design: public space design and management; the design dimension of planning; questions of form, type and quality; the value of design
- 36 months
- 60 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.
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- A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject, is essential.
- Exceptionally: where applicants have other suitable research or professional experience, they may be admitted without a Master's degree; or where applicants have a lower second-class UK Honours Bachelor's degree (2:2) (or equivalent) they must possess a relevant Master's degree to be admitted.
- We expect any successful application to include a sufficiently strong and convincing proposal, and those holding a Master's degree are typically well prepared to provide one. Relevant work experience is highly desirable.
- A formal application which should include a research proposal (maximum 3,000 words) outlining: The subject of your proposed research, The questions you hope to answer, Why you think this knowledge will be of value, Your intended method and the sources you will use.
International23350 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23350 GBP per year during 36 months.
National5690 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.
Part Time Fees:
- UK: £2,845/year
- Overseas: £11,860/year
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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