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About the Programme

Change lives and shape futures with a PhD in Planning and Environmental Management.

Our research concerns the development of the communities and places in which we live and work.

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

As a doctoral candidate, you'll join a friendly and supportive research community, opportunities to interact with other students and staff, and the encouragement to make a real impact with your research.

We invest in the best ideas and brightest mind sand you'll receive a comprehensive portfolio of support and training to help you reach your aspirations and develop into an intellectual leader.

Our research groups

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

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

We have three research themes:

  • Spatial Policy and Analysis Laboratory
  • Sustainable Urbanism and Environmental Resilience
  • Urban Governance, Policies and Planning

Find out more about our research themes

You can explore more about our PhD programme on our course profile:

  • PhD Planning and Environmental Management

Funding your research

 We offer a number of funding opportunities for talented individuals to undertake doctoral training with us, including School studentships and the President's Doctoral Scholar Award. All successful applicants who apply for their programme before 10 February 2020 are automatically considered for this funding.

If you're from the UK or EU you can also apply for funding with the ESRC, and will need to have applied for a programme by 27 January 2020 in order to meet the funding deadline of 3 February 2020, 5pm GMT. Please check the studentship page for further details.

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Developing intellectual leaders

We're not here simply to ‘supervise' – we seek to discover and co-produce new knowledge with students as our partners.

To enable you to integrate and thrive with us, you'll be supported by a dedicated Researcher Development Team throughout your PhD and beyond.

You'll benefit from world-class professional training opportunities:

  • Developing Intellectual Leaders Programme – for all the skills you need to succeed
  • ProGRess@humanities – our training hub that offers specialist courses
  • methods@manchester – an initiative giving you the chance to learn from the very best via talks, workshops and other events.

We provide support for several activities related to your PhD, including:

  •  Presenting at international conferences
  • Attending workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities
  • Conducting fieldwork in the UK and overseas
  • Exchanges and placements with partnering institutions

You'll also be encouraged to publish in high quality outlets and we have strategies to help you achieve this goal.

Find out more about training and development

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

How good is research at The University of Manchester in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 17.60

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