UCL Urban Laboratory


Applications open for ESRC doctoral funding on Urban Studies, Transport Architectural Space pathway

25 October 2018

Audience member at Edge - Situated Practice in Art, Architecture and Urbanism

The Urban Studies, Transport and Architectural Space pathway is one of 25 pathways that comprise the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL DTP) involving UCL, SOAS, Birkbeck College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of East London.

The Urban Studies, Transport and Architectural Space pathway is comprised of four Departments and Centres at UCL: the Urban Laboratory, the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), the Space Syntax Laboratory and Transport @ UCL. The pathway undertakes methodologically innovative, cross-disciplinary research into cities, the built environment and complex urban socio-spatial phenomena. It has six intersecting main areas of activity that directs its research:

  1. Housing and spatial justice
  2. Transport and mobility
  3. Ecology, health and metabolism
  4. Change and crisis
  5. Imagination, design and architectural space
  6. Data and places

Applications are invited for entry onto our 1+3 and +3 PhD programmes starting in September 2019. ESRC funding, available on a competitive basis, is normally available only for UK Home students (fees & subsistence) and EU students (fees only). Registration can be on either a full-time or part-time basis. Ascertain your eligibility to hold an ESRC studentship here. Your proposed research project needs to fall under the specific remit of the ESRC, please see here.

How to apply:

1. In the first instance, interested students should contact the relevant pathway team member to discuss their research projects, check whether you need to apply to the 1+3 route if you do not have relevant MSc relevant methods training, and to seek advice on prospective supervisors (see here for initial list)

UCL CASA; MSc Smart Cities and Urban Analytics, MSc Spatial Data Science and Visualisation - Dr Ed Manley ed.manley@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Urban Lab; MSc Urban Studies: Dr Andrew Harris andrew.harris@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Space Syntax; MSc Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities - Dr Sean Hanna s.hanna@ucl.ac.uk

Transport @ UCL; MSc Transport Planning, MSc Transport - Dr Nicola Christie nicola.christie@ucl.ac.uk

2. Following this, formal expressions of interest should be registered by sending the following information to this pathway team member in one Word or pdf document by Monday 10 December 2018 by 5.00pm:

a) A project description including prospective supervisor (max 300 words) b) A short biography including track record and competencies (max 300 words)

3. Potential applicants will be notified soon after whether they are invited to submit a formal preliminary application to the DTP via this pathway. Instructions on preparing and submitting preliminary applications to the DTP appear on the UBEL DTP's 'How to Apply' guidelines. The deadline for formal preliminary applications is Tuesday 8 January 2019. Successful applicants to this preliminary round will then be asked to submit full applications via the UBEL DTP portal by 4 March 2019.

4. Prospective students are also encouraged to apply as soon as possible for admission onto a UCL MSc or PhD programme. This is a separate process to the UBEL DTP application. Applications to MSc/PhD programmes should be made through UCL's Postgraduate Application System. PhD applications should proceed only after contacting a prospective supervisor who agrees to act as Primary Supervisor.


An informal session for those interested in applying will be hosted in room G.10 at The Bartlett School of Architecture (22 Gordon Street) on Thursday 22 November at 1pm. For further details, please contact Dr Andrew Harris andrew.harris@ucl.ac.uk