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Urban Planning PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 30 Urban Planning PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

The study of Urban Planning encompasses the process of designing and shaping cities and towns. It covers everything from the layout of streets and public spaces, to the regulation of land use and the preservation of heritage sites.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Urban Planning?

If you're looking for a versatile and interesting doctoral degree, a PhD in Urban Planning may be a great option for you. This degree can prepare you for a career in a wide range of fields, from academia to local and national government.

Urban Planning is a field that involves the study of how cities and towns are developed. As an Urban Planning PhD student, you'll learn about the different aspects of city life that need to be considered when creating an urban scheme or design, such as land use, transportation and economic development.

Potential research topics for a PhD in Urban Planning include:

  • Active travel policy and infrastructure
  • Air quality measures
  • Climate change mitigation in cities
  • History of urban planning
  • Social housing policy
  • Traffic calming measures
  • Urban ecology and horticulture
  • Urban landscape architecture

By the end of your PhD in Urban Planning, you’ll have completed a lengthy dissertation and received training in a range of research methods.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Urban Planning usually involve a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You’ll also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. You may also need some professional experience, depending on the programme.

PhD in Urban Planning funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Landscape Architecture are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), depending on the focus of your research. This funding will provide a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. You may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding, or apply for a project that already has funding attached.

It’s also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Urban Planning (although this can’t be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you’re considering a part-time PhD in Urban Planning, it may also be worth asking your employer if they’re happy to sponsor you.

PhD in Urban Planning careers

There are many careers you can pursue with a PhD in Urban Planning. You could work for a city council, designing and implementing city-wide plans. You could work for a construction company, helping to build new neighbourhoods and towns. Alternatively, you could be employed by a non-profit organisation, campaigning for better planning policies. Or you could enter academia and become a full-time researcher or lecturer.

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Radical place-making: folk counter-geographies and cultural representations of opposition to power in Aberdeen, Scotland

The University of Aberdeen is an internationally recognised centre for excellence for research addressing the global challenges of energy transition, environment and biodiversity, social inclusion and cultural diversity, health, nutrition and wellbeing, and data and artificial intelligence. Read more

The global challenge of senior housing provision

Populations are ageing across the world. According to the World Health Organisation (2022), by 2030, one in six people will be aged 60 or over and the number of people in this age bracket will double to 2.1 billion by 2050. Read more

Revitalizing retail amidst technological disruption

The built environment is increasingly susceptible to socio-economic, environmental and technological, disruptions that distort well-established institutional practices, and threaten the overall sustainability of the urban landscape. Read more

Exploring the potential of public-private partnership in the delivery of affordable housing

The need for affordable housing is a global issue that confronts developed and developing countries. Apart from exacerbating homelessness, the lack of affordable housing has been linked to socioeconomic and environmental challenges that negatively impact people’s health and well-being. Read more

Investigating the influence of structural openings on blast wave propagation and human injury risk

Supervisory Team: Dr Jack Denny; Prof Steeve Chung Kim Yuen (University of Cape Town). Project description. This PhD offers you the opportunity to tackle the real-world challenge of developing strategies to protect buildings and their occupants from explosions. Read more

Spatial Housing Market Spillovers in the UK

The housing market is undoubtedly an important contributor to both the UK economy and people’s quality of life and well-being. Changes in house prices can affect many stakeholders in the market, including homeowners. Read more

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