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University of Manchester

Planning and Environmental Management

We are one of the longest established and largest professionally recognised planning schools in the UK, renowned internationally for the quality of our research. We place a strong interdisciplinary emphasis on our work, with all our staff working across a number of research areas.

We have an excellent graduate employment record and strong professional links with planners, urban development professionals and environmental managers, particularly in Manchester. We have and active research culture with a strong commitment to working at the cutting edge of current practice.

In recent years we have attracted more than £2.5 million in research and training contracts.

Our PhD students benefit from being integrated into our vibrant, multidisciplinary research community. Our postgraduate research students are regarded as an integral part of our research culture, and we recruit high-calibre students from all over the world to join our diverse and international team.  Students undertake their research studies in the UK and a wide range of countries worldwide. 

Research is organised around three key themes: spatial analysis, policy evaluation and decision support; territorial governance, politics and planning; and sustainable urbanism and environmental resilience.

Opportunities are available for students to undertake research in a range of areas including:

  • environmental assessment;
  • environmental planning;
  • strategic and local planning;
  • sustainability;
  • urban planning and regeneration;
  • urban and regional development.


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