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Rankings recognise discipline excellence

3 December 2020

Recent rankings highlight the School of Geography and Planning’s record of teaching and research excellence.

Planning scored highly in several prestigious rankings and league tables including 8th for Town and Country Planning and Landscape in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. The School’s strength in the discipline is further emphasised by a top ten placement in both The Complete University Guide 2021 (for Town and Country Planning and Landscape Design) and The Guardian University League Tables 2021 (for Building and Town and Country Planning).

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Robert Blake

Robert Blake, a BSc Urban Planning and Development student, recently spoke about his reasons for choosing his subject, and Cardiff: “It’s an exciting subject dealing with important real-world issues, uniquely combining elements of geography and design. The opportunity to complete a paid placement year during the course particularly attracted me to Cardiff University, as well as the brilliant teaching and facilities. Cardiff is an evolving capital city with real life examples of past and present planning on your doorstep!”

Alongside Planning recognition, the School’s Geography discipline climbed to 1st in Wales in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and remains in the top 100 globally based on the most recent QS World University Rankings by Subject (2020). Its Human Geography programmes focus on interactions and relationships between people, place, space, society and the state. They’re underpinned and informed by agenda-setting research with an emphasis on the social, political, economic, environmental and cultural.

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Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis, a 2019 BSc Human Geography graduate, appreciated the breadth and relevance of the discipline: “I would argue that human geography is unparalleled in its ability to offer interesting, challenging, and diverse topics of study. On countless occasions it has changed my perspective of the world, the relations I have with others, and my ability to critically analyse arguments, which are at the forefront of global discussion.”

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