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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.34k / / Year (EEA)
  • Foreign: $ 12.4k / / Year (EEA)
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    As a top-rated research school with the ambition to play a leading role in academic and policy debates at national and international levels, it aims to recruit committed research students for the pursuit of innovative, cutting-edge research at PhD level. 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 Cardiff 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.

    Available Research Areas:
    Research areas of the Environment group include:

    * Environment - Society - Space Relations
    * Rural Development, Society and Welfare
    * Agri-food systems
    * Social Justice, Regeneration and the Environment
    * Sustainable Development
    * Environmental Governance

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


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

    All candidates will be required to demonstrate competency in English language prior to arrival in the UK. We look for the following standard: IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 with at least a score of 7.0 in the writing section, and no less than a score of 6.0 in other sections.

    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.

    Application Guidelines:
    The 2000 word synopsis of the proposed research should include the following:

    * aims and purpose of the research
    * overview of the academic literature relevant to your field
    * proposed methodology
    * academic contributions of your research

    This is to ensure, firstly, that the school has the necessary expertise to provide adequate supervision and, secondly, that the applicant has a researchable project in mind. Potential applicants are encouraged to identify at an early stage the degree of "fit" between their proposed research and the research interests of Planning and Geography staff. In order to do this, please refer to the research groups on sections on the school's website.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600

    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.


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