Urban Ecological Networks
PhDs and postgraduate research
Self-funded PhD students only
School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences
October and February
Applications accepted all year round
This research into Urban Ecological Networks explores the quality and connectivity of urban habitats, including Green Infrastructure (GI) and urban green spaces.
You'll examine successful species, help develop best planning practice, and your research will cross boundaries, into areas such as ecology and environmental geography, social science, civil engineering and biochemistry.
The programme is self-funded, and supervised by Dr Heather Rumble, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography.
The work will include:
- Examining key indicator organisms, such as invertebrates and soil microarthropods
- Modelling the distribution of these organisms
- Performing manipulative experiments to understand best planning practise for providing urban habitat
- Analysing population distributions of highly mobile, successful urban species
Green Infrastructure (GI) and urban green spaces are increasingly used within spatial planning, and seen in national, regional and local planning strategies.
The aim of this research is investigate the theory that urban green spaces and GI are extremely variable in quality, and that use of GI is limited to highly mobile species.
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
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How to Apply
To make an enquiry about this project, get in touch with the PhD Supervisor for this programme, Dr Heather Rumble by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting the project code GEOG1331015 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.