Self-funded PhD students only

Project code



School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences

Start dates

October and February

Closing date

Applications accepted all year round

This century has been called the 'ludic century', as games and play have become the dominant cultural form of the era.

On this self-funded PhD programme, supervised by Dr Tara Woodyer, you'll develop research that explores the interplay between playful forms of behaviour, spaces and society.

Your research project could involve:

  • research into the playful design of spaces, technologies, forms of counter-culture politics and activism
  • playful ways of building and maintaining community relations

We're particularly interested in research that adopts a qualitative approach to the theme.

For more information on individual research interests and the specific projects that staff members have recently undertaken, visit our staff listing page.

Fees and funding

Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students only

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK and EU students only).

2020/2021 fees (applicable for October 2020 and February 2021 start)

Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,407 p/a*

Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,204 p/a*

International full-time students: £16,400 p/a*

International part-time students: £8,200 p/a* 

*All fees are subject to annual increase

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A good first degree from an internationally recognised university (depending on the course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject
  • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
  • All applicants are subject to interview

Make an enquiry

If you are interested in developing an application for research funding, please contact the supervisor prior to making an application to discuss opportunities.

How to Apply

To make an enquiry about this project, get in touch with the PhD Supervisor for this programme, Dr Tara Woodyer by emailing, quoting the project code GEOG1211015 and title.

When you are ready to apply, you can use our online application form. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV

You can also visit our How to Apply pages to get a better understanding of how the PhD application process works.

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