UCL Urban Laboratory


Opportunities for PhD funding on the interdisciplinary MSc Urban Studies programme at UCL

16 December 2015


UCL's interdisciplinary Urban Studies course is one of the disciplinary pathways for the UCL Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The Urban Studies pathway can submit candidates for consideration via a competitive process for both +3 and 1+3 awards. The 1+3 route provides funding for 1 year of the Urban Studies MSc then 3 years of PhD research.

Awards will be for a start date of September 2016. The studentship will normally cover fees and include a maintenance stipend over three years (for +3 candidates) or four years (for 1+3 candidates). Part-time students are also accepted.

The ESRC website provides further information on funding and eligibility

The following will be essential:

  • Distinction on an ESRC recognised Masters degree or equivalent research training (for +3 award). This Masters should be the Urban Studies MSc programme or a close equivalent.
  • Clear evidence of first class ability at undergraduate level (especially for 1+3 awards).
  • 3 years of prior UK residency. Other EU students acceptable but will receive only fees.
  • A research topic that is clearly identifiable as urban-related.

Ideally the candidate will have supervisors located in different Departments at UCL given this is an inter-departmental pathway. These Departments need to be ESRC-recognised (e.g. Geography, DPU, Anthropology, Planning, SSEES, History, Laws). An existing record of publication and awards would obviously greatly strengthen the application.

All applications require the completion of the UCL Graduate Application Form and this DTC form

Electronic copies (complete with signatures) of these should be sent to Dr Andrew Harris by 5pm 8 Feb 2016.

Please make sure that your application is complete before submission as incomplete applications will not be considered. An Urban Studies pathway steering committee will then assess which candidates will be entered for consideration.

The Urban Studies MSc is closely connected with the UCL Urban Laboratory, but currently administered by the Department of Geography. Contact the Geography Office (geog-masters@ucl.ac.uk) for any admissions enquiries.

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