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Postgraduate Research in GURU

The Global Urban Research Unit welcomes applications from prospective MPhil and PhD students.

The Economic and Social Research Council recognises our School as a training outlet. We offer a lively postgraduate research environment.

We welcome applications from students in any of our areas of research expertise but particularly in our core research themes:

  • people, place and politics
  • infrastructure and digital technologies
  • identities, culture and heritage
  • environmental planning, assessment and management
  • urban design and human flourishing

You can study on a full-time or part-time basis for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Support and facilities

We assign all students two supervisors who will have expertise in your chosen area of research. You'll gain a lot from regular meetings with your supervisors.

As a full-time postgraduate research student, you will also receive:

  • access to a dedicated workspace with networked computers
  • support for attending conferences
  • access to printing and photocopying facilities
  • access to the University's award-winning library

Postgraduate culture

Our PhD students enjoy an interdisciplinary and dynamic research culture. This culture reaches the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and GURU. 

You will benefit from:

Further information

For any queries about studying with us, contact the Postgraduate Research Secretary, Marian Kyte. 

You could also contact the GURU Director Simin Davoudi.