We are constantly reviewing and developing our teaching programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, ensuring that the School is a place where students and scholars can advance intellectually and in career and professional terms. There are numerous rewarding and varied career opportunities for our students both within Britain and world-wide (please visit our Alumni Profiles for further information).
Our approach is based upon a commitment to provide the highest possible quality teaching to our students. This means that first, we aim to teach students in small groups because we believe that this encourages a more positive learning environment between staff and students and amongst students themselves. Second, we encourage innovation and creativity in the delivery and assessment of teaching and learning (for example, the use of digital media and field study visits). Third, the cutting edge research that is undertaken in the School informs the education that we provide to students. The vast majority of the School’s teaching staff are active researchers and all its active researchers are committed to teaching.
The School is successful at bringing together teaching and research excellence. Its teaching has been rated independently as excellent and the School has been consistently rated in the top 10 of planning schools in the UK in terms of its research environment and number of world-leading researchers (Our ratings for Research).
In this creative and challenging environment, students learn about the nature of the social, economic, political and environmental processes that shape urban and rural areas, and the various ways in which public policy, at European, national and local levels, can improve the quality of life for the public at large.
Our students are our most valuable asset. They are often the first line of dissemination for our research and many of our most influential ideas originate in seminars, workshops and lecture theatres.
If you should decide to study at the School of Geography and Planning, you can be sure that our staff are committed to providing you with the support needed for you to achieve and succeed at the highest level.
Cardiff – The UK’s Greatest Concentration Of World-Leading Planning Researchers
Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning (CPLAN) has been independently rated the Top UK Planning School for research for over twenty years. In the latest RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) it tops the league again - on the most meaningful indicator: Research Power. Cardiff is by far the biggest planning school in the UK, with 42 active researchers. Its research environment has been judged to be outstanding. Over 90% of its research activity is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour. It has by far the largest critical mass of leading international researchers in its field: 25 researchers are judged to be operating at an internationally excellent level, with 10 of these producing work that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. No other UK planning school comes close to having this concentration of world-leading and internationally excellent quality. For this reason, the authoritative publication, Research Fortnight, ranks Cardiff as the Planning School with the greatest Research Power. It has also computed the total Research Power in the UK planning academy, ranked each school’s market share and expressed the market share of our competitors as a fraction of Cardiff’s (as market leader).
Strictly speaking (because of the way research output is measured), it is the equivalent of 25 researchers. Four outputs were submitted per member of staff. 60% of research outputs were judged internationally excellent. This means that an equivalent of 25 staff (60% of 42) are operating at this level. Actually, more than 25 staff are operating to some degree at an internationally excellent level.
Market share takes account of quality as well as quantity.