How to Apply

Candidates wishing to apply to undertake research in the School of Planning and Geography should complete the appropriate form. More information on applying to study and a downloadable application form can be found by following the links at the bottom of this page. The form should be submitted to Dr Andrew Kythreotis (, the Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor, together with a 2000 word synopsis of the proposed research, which should include the following:

  • aims and purpose of the research
  • overview of the academic literature relevant to your field
  • proposed methodology
  • academic contributions of your research

This is to ensure, firstly, that the school has the necessary expertise to provide adequate supervision and, secondly, that the applicant has a researchable project in mind. Potential applicants are encouraged to identify at an early stage the degree of "fit" between their proposed research and the research interests of Planning and Geography staff. In order to do this, please refer to the research groups on sections on the school's website.

All applications will be reviewed by two members of staff and then if an application is satisfactory, all candidates will be interviewed by the admissions team. Successful applicants will then be made an offer of a place by the Academic Registry. The offer may be subject to the achievement of a satisfactory degree result, or proof of English language ability. The School may require new PhD students to attend the taught part of the SSRM course or specific modules in their first year. Such a requirement will be specified in the offer made to prospective students. The School may also require new PhD students to achieve an average mark of 60 on the required modules in order to proceed to the second year. If students attend the full SSRM programme successfully, they will be awarded a diploma. Applicants will be given the option to ask for an exemption from any such requirement, if they can provide evidence that they have already acquired the necessary methodological skills.  Their request will be reviewed by the PGR intake tutor, the Director of Postgraduate Studies and up to two reviewers, based on the quality of the research proposal and other written evidence provided. In cases where more evidence is needed, an interview with the applicant will be arranged. This can also take place via skype, videoconferencing or telephone.

Evidence of English language is usually required of international students. Arrangements should be made at the nearest British Council office to take an English Language Test (ELTS test), or another appropriate test e.g. TOEFL. We look for the following standard: IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 with at least a score of 7.0 in the writing section, and no less than a score of 6.0 in other sections. Candidates may be advised that they need additional tuition. Courses are available in Cardiff, varying from a full year to a number of weeks prior to October, each year. More details are available from the English Support Services website.

All students for whom English is a second language will also be tested on enrolment in September, and free English language classes arranged in the school for those who need additional help or revision. These classes should be viewed as 'brush-up' classes and do not substitute for the more intensive courses on offer between April and October. Once the offer has been accepted and all the conditions satisfied, joining instructions and application forms for accommodation will be sent, normally in July.

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