Understanding/Shaping Space and Society Through Playful Activities
PhDs and postgraduate research
Self-funded PhD students only
School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature
Open all year round
On this PhD programme, supervised by Dr Tara Woodyer, you'll develop research that explores how play can be used as a tool for understanding or making changes to the world around us.
We're particularly interested in research that adopts a qualitative approach to this research theme.
Your research project could involve:
- exploring how individuals or collectives, of any age, use play as a way of making sense of a particular aspect of the world around them
- exploring how individuals or collectives, of any age, use play as a way of thinking about how society might be structured or function differently
- using creative methodologies or modes of presentation
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 entry (for October 2020 and February 2021 entries)
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
PhD by Publication
External candidates £4,407 p/a
Members of staff £1,680 p/a*
2021/2022 entry (for October 2021 and February 2022 entries)
PhD and MPhil
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,407 p/a*
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,204 p/a*
International full-time students: £17,600 p/a
International part-time students: £8,800 p/a
All fees are subject to annual increase.
PhD by Publication
External Candidates £4,407 p/a*
Members of Staff £1,720 p/a*
If you are an EU student starting a programme in 2021/22 please visit this page.
*This is the 2020/21 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) maximum studentship fee; this fee will increase to the 2021/22 UKRI maximum studentship fee when UKRI announces this rate in Spring 2021.
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.
- 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
Applicants interested in applying for research funding should contact the supervisor to discuss available opportunities, before submitting an application.
How to Apply
To make an enquiry or to discuss this project informally with Dr Tara Woodyer, call +44 (0)23 9284 2507 or email email@example.com, quoting the project code GEOG1321015 and the project 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.