PhD Planning and Environmental Management / Overview

Year of entry: 2023

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
3 years
Entry requirements
  • A First or Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree (or its international equivalent).
  • A relevant master's degree, with Merit and a minimum average grade of 65% in both the taught course units and your dissertation (or international equivalent of 65%).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Please ensure you include all required supporting documents at the time of submission, as incomplete applications may not be considered.

Application Deadlines

Most funding opportunities (internal and external partners – list here ) require you to have submitted a PhD application by 1 st February 2023, at the latest. However, we recommend that you apply in advance of this date as it can be advantageous to have a PhD offer already in place prior to application for funding.   

If you are applying for, or have secured, external funding (for example, from a government or employer) or intend to self-fund then you will need to have submitted an application by 30 th June 2023, at the latest. Unfortunately, you will not be able to apply to the PhD programme after this deadline has passed.

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme overview

  • Become part of a large and long-established research community with an array of specialisms.
  • Work alongside a diverse cohort of doctoral researchers from all over the world.
  • Undertake research in a vibrant and nurturing environment, with regular talks and seminars.

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and programmes.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see Open days .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2023, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £6,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £21,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £3,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £10,500

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Your fees will cover the cost of your study at the University, as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision, examinations and graduation (excluding graduation robe hire).

Payment of tuition fees will also entitle you to membership of The University of Manchester library, the Students' Union and the Athletic Union.


We receive financial resources from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a variety of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend.

Within the University we offer many school and departmental studentships.

Many research students receive funding externally from places such as research councils, foundations, and international government funding bodies.

Planning and Environmental Management has many links to professional practice.

Therefore, case studentships are a popular form of funding involving partners from private, public and third sector.

Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often at the beginning of February for programmes starting the following September, and many external funders have earlier application deadlines.

If you're planning to apply for a scholarship or award that is not attached to a particular project, you'll normally need to hold an offer of a place before applying.

Search for current funding opportunities by country and research programme using our funding database search tool .

Programmes in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.

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