This PhD is offered by the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS). The PhD degree may include a coursework element and can be taken on a full- or part-time basis.
Prospective applicants are invited to apply, outlining their research interests. We have ESRC recognition for our research training programmes.
Students will be awarded a PhD from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Degrees may include a coursework element and can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. Prospective applicants are invited to apply, outlining their research interests.
Fees for 2017
- Home/EU students £4,195 FT (£2,098 PT) - TBC
- International students £15,210 FT only - TBC
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Scholarships and studentships
We are eligible to receive studentships from ESRC ('1+3'. ‘+3’ and CASE/ESRC) and AHRC. We also offer a number of our own postgraduate studentships, available to both home and overseas students.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
For further information contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.
Applicants for a degree by research should have at least a good Honours degree (minimum: upper second-class or equivalent). Students are not normally admitted to an MPhil or PhD degree without first having completed a taught Masters degree. The University requires all PhD students to register initially for MPhil/PhD.
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We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
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Urban and brownfield regeneration policies; Culture-led regeneration; Planning and sustainable development; Comparative planning in Europe (especially France, Great Britain and Switzerland).
Contact: Dr Lauren Andres
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5021
City centre regeneration; City living and gentrification; Inter-city competition and co-operation; Comparative urban development in Britain, Europe and North America.
Contact: Dr Austin Barber
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2984
Urban geography; Spatial planning; Urban regeneration and management; Sport and cultural-led development; The politics of mega-events; Planning for risk and resilience; National security and counter-terrorism; Post-conflict reconstruction
Contact: Professor Jon Coaffee (Director of CURS)
Tel: +44(0)121 414 7421
The political economy of post-socialist cities; Critical urban geographies - urban and housing policies under neoliberalism, world city entrepreneurialism, gentrification; Urban and regional resilience, social and economic vulnerabilities and adaptive and transformative strategies; Energy and the built environment, energy efficiency, low carbon urbanism.
Contact; Dr Oleg Golubchikov
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8143
Housing markets and neighbourhood change; Housing and social exclusion; Issues related to concentrations of deprivation, segregation and excluded communities; Development of models of affordability at local and regional level for the purpose of housing strategy development.
Contact: Dr Peter Lee
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3645
Cities; Critical political economy; Local government; Post-communism; fiscal federalism, industrial restructuring, and territorial cohesion; the 'knowledge-based economy', manufacturing, and neo-liberalism; public health outcomes of economic and fiscal crises.
Contact: Dr Vlad Mykhnenko
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 9129
Urban and rural policy; Community planning; Social inclusion; Urban regeneration management; State spatiality and the geography of state power; Policies and politics of managed migration.
Contact: Dr Simon Pemberton
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2680
Planning, developing and managing sustainable communities; Community and neighbourhood governance; Delivering affordable housing options; Housing co-operatives and co-ownership housing; Regeneration of public housing estates.
Contact: Rob Rowlands
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2243
Transnationalism and population migration; Transnational families; International education; Mobility and education
Contact: Dr Johanna Waters
Tel: +44 (0)121 41 45527
We help research students to produce publications arising from their work and encourage them to publish as single authors when appropriate. Many research students are aiming for academic careers and we recognise the importance of providing opportunities for them to be involved in teaching and tutorial work, without compromising their obligations as research students.
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