Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
- £16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)
A UK Master’s degree, or its equivalent from a recognised international institution, in a relevant discipline such as Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Analysis or a quantitative social science.
English language requirement: Standard
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
Equivalent qualifications for Algeria
Funding for PhD research is extremely competitive, so we can only rarely offer scholarships. When funding is available it will be advertised on our website and we would be happy to work with applicants to secure their own funding from other sources.
- 1 year
- Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.
- 1 year
- Prospective MSc, MA or MArch students in the Bartlett Faculty. Applicants' annual income (from a salary or other sources) at the start of the programme must not exceed £14,000 (full-time study) or £28,000 (part-time study).
More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website
Studying for a CASA PhD offers unrivalled opportunities to interact with world-leading researchers in a truly interdisciplinary environment. We frequently host visitors from around the world and encourage attendance at leading conferences across a range of disciplines. There are also opportunities to present and network as part of our seminar series as well as hear about the research of others. Much of our research is applied in the commercial and policy context and so our graduates develop the expertise to secure demanding roles at top-level organisations. Many often return to CASA as visiting researchers to further strengthen our links with the academic, commercial and government sector.
Why study this degree at UCL?
CASA is a leading research centre that belongs to The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment. It has a world-leading PhD programme that has graduated some 40 PhDs during the last 12 years.
Its multi-disciplinary perspective ranging from urban planning and policy to complexity theory, gives the student a wider overview than the more traditional programmes which are focused on either one or the other. As a result, many CASA alumni now have successful academic careers, or have become key advisors to government and industry. The programme is intensive as students are encouraged to contribute to CASA’s research community alongside taking any taught courses they may wish to.
Student / staff ratios › 8 staff › 19 taught students › 14 research students
Department: Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
"In my field of study I can learn the latest technological advances that relate to the urban environment and how to use them to become a better professional."
Flora RoumpaniSubject: CASA PhD
"I am inspired by the excitement of innovation and finding the 'shiver down the spine' moment when you know a research idea has the potential to change a sector or to make a real difference in our knowledge and understanding of cities."
Dr Andrew Hudson-SmithSubject: The Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation (ASAV) MRes, Smart Cities and Urban Analytics MSc, and the Smart Cities in CASA MRes.
"CASA has a great mix of researchers including planners, engineers, physicists, programmers, data artists, architects and more. They bring a diverse range of methods to apply to the same problem –understanding cities. It is a very cohesive and collaborative department, and as an added bonus, we have fun toys in our office!"
Greg ErhardtSubject: CASA PhD
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now