Project code



School of the Environment, Geography, and Geosciences

Start dates

October, February and April

Application deadline

Applications accepted all year around

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

Visit the research subject area page for fees and funding information for this project.

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).

Bench fees

Some PhD projects may include additional fees – known as bench fees – for equipment and other consumables, and these will be added to your standard tuition fee. Speak to the supervisory team during your interview about any additional fees you may have to pay. Please note, bench fees are not eligible for discounts and are non-refundable.

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 PhD Supervisor for this programme, Dr Tara Woodyer by emailing, quoting the project code GEOG1211015 and title.

How to apply

When you are ready to apply, please follow the 'Apply now' link on the Geography (Physical and Human) PhD subject area page and select the link for the relevant intake. 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. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process.