The MPhil/PhD in Planning Studies is designed for graduates of any discipline who wish to make a career in planning (for example in central and local government, private consultancy, voluntary bodies) or in related fields (such as housing, urban regeneration, transport planning, urban design), in teaching or research.
A PhD is awarded for the most advanced level of study available, and is considered proof of competence in devising and carrying out a programme of research that demonstrates originality in thought and critical judgement. The final product of the programme of study is a thesis of 100,000 words, and successful completion of the programme is determined by an oral examination of the thesis.
Director: Professor Mike Raco
Admissions Tutor: Professor Mike Raco
Programme Administrator: Lisa Fernand
For queries relating to administrative details of applications (e.g. submission of forms, eligibility, fees, language requirements) please contact: Annabel Brown (+44 (0) 20 7679 1738)
In common with a number of other UK Universities, UCL does not admit students directly onto a PhD programme in the first instance, but requires all research students to first enrol for an MPhil degree.
After having completed the first year, the majority of students do not complete the MPhil and instead go through a process of transferring (upgrading) to the PhD programme.
Providing satisfactory progress has been made in the first year, the transfer of registration from MPhil to PhD is usually approved. The normal time allocated for doing this MPhil/PhD programme is three years full time and five years part time.
Activities and Events for Research Students
There are many regular seminar series held at the Bartlett School of Planning which are open to all research students (see BSP seminar series; the London Planning seminar series; the Omega Centre seminars; and the China Planning Research Group seminars), as well as the Bartlett's Urban Film Society.
In addition, there are a number of initiatives instigated by, or run especially for, research students. Details of these activities for research students can be found on our website. All this contributes to a lively research environment in the Bartlett School of Planning.
Current Research Students
Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposed research
with a potential supervisor before submitting their formal application. Details
of academic members of staff with links to their profile and research interests.
Application procedures, fees, funding and scholarships
For information, please see the faculty admissions information here.
Students completing a research degree have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. Graduates are expected to take jobs with a wide variety of public and private employers in the UK and abroad, including:
- research institutes
- government organisations