Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
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With its international linkages and research profile, the School provides a rich and lively scholarly environment in which to conduct doctoral research work. At present there are around 30 full-time PhD students in the School. A series of shared offices are available for PhD students and each full-time student has access to computer facilities. Research in the School is structured around the following broad themes:

* Sustainable consumption and production systems
* Poverty, social justice and entitlement
* Regional, city-region and neighbourhood governance
* Innovation and regeneration
* Complexity, urban evolution and environmental systems
* Pedagogy, knowledge and the built environment

These themes are explored at multiple scales (supra-national, national, regional and local), in urban and rural spaces, and across different sectors (such as housing, environment, labour markets). Research work at the School of Planning and Geography is organised into five main groups with a number of crosscutting research centres. Some of these focus work within research groups and others operate across research group boundaries.


Research Areas: * Social theory and housing, including the meaning of home and neighbourhoods
* Sustainable housing production
* Contribution of housing to urban regeneration
* The Governance, Planning and Management of Housing
* Poverty, Social Exclusion and Homelessness
* Housing Markets in Developing Countries (especially China and East Asia)


Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree (or equivalent) or a Master's degree in a discipline relevant to the particular area of research.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


Cardiff University has committed to invest a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support Home and EU students who are planning to start an eligible full-time master programme.

The Scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.

For information on funding and scholarship opportunities available at Cardiff University please see our funding and scholarship search.



The Cardiff School of Planning and Geography is a major international centre for research in the areas of planning, human geography and spatial policy. Its mission is to play an internationally leading role in research and academic inquiry associated with the development, management and sustainability of cities, regions and rural spaces.

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