2019 Quick Facts
  • Undergraduate
  • Post-graduate
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Cherie Abbanat
  • Alan Berger
  • Eran Ben-Joseph
  • Xavier de Souza Briggs
  • JoAnn Carmin
  • Gabreilla Carolini

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About us Transforming places through critical thinking and public engagement. A critical School We address the grand challenges faced by human societies and places in the twenty-first century. We apply critical thinking and practical knowledge in solving economic, environmental and social problems. Top 100 World QS University ranking We are based in a research-intensive university, and we are renowned as a School for the excellence of our research. Cardiff University is ranked fifth in the UK for the quality of its research and as a School we are in the top 100 in the World QS University rankings by subject. Our research makes the connections between human geography and spatial planning. Our research led teaching bridges academic knowledge and real world situations. An engaging School We actively engage with a range of audiences and stakeholders, influencing the policy of international institutions, national government, local authorities, non-governmental and charity organisations. We regularly host a series of engaging events, where we showcase the impact of our research and build relationships with external stakeholders and partners. A transforming School We offer our students a stimulating, supportive, and exciting environment in which to study and thrive. From cases on paper, to places in practice, we enable our students and staff to actively transform the world. Our teaching and assessment methods allow students to maximise their learning, employability, and citizenship potential. Current statistics show that 93% of our graduates were in employment or further study within six months (DLHE 2016/17).


Human Settlement and Sustainable Development, Urban Development Strategy and Policy, Theory and Methods of Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Transportation and Infrastructure Planning, Urban Design, Community Planning, Heritage Conservation, Planning and

Program Information

Undergraduate Our undergraduate courses focus on the impacts of economic, social, political and cultural change on the built and natural environment. These courses are designed and delivered by a team of world-leading academics in the areas of geography and planning. While geography provides the skills to understand the nature of change and its impacts, planning translates this understanding into action to ensure a better quality of environment for present and future generations. We provide our students with an immersive undergraduate experience aimed at developing not only an intimate knowledge of relevant subjects, but also the ability to contribute to a wide range of policy domains including social justice, health, urban futures, housing and homelessness, food justice, third world development, and economic regeneration. Our excellent staff-student ratios ensure that you will have the opportunity to have close and regular contact with our members of staff who are dedicated to sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you. Postgraduate taught We offer a wide range of postgraduate taught programmes that address contemporary policy and research issues. All our postgraduate taught courses are situated within key policy research areas and groups in the School. These courses are well recognised by the academic and policy communities both domestically and internationally, with several programmes offering professional recognition from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT). Our postgraduate students form an integral part of the Graduate School and are members of the Masters Graduate School of City and Regional Planning (MGS), which seeks to ensure that the School is a place where students and scholars can advance intellectually and in career and professional terms. Postgraduate research We are a major centre for research in human geography and planning with emphasis on helping our students recognise their fullest potential in their chosen area of research. Our international reputation attracts high quality PhD students from around the world, which is reflected in our current cohort of students of multiple origins including Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and all parts of the UK. We play a leading role in academic and policy debates at national and international levels, and aim to recruit committed research students for the pursuit of innovative, cutting-edge research at PhD level. We place considerable value on the quality of training for and supervision of our research students. Each research student is allocated two supervisors with expertise in their relevant topic, and is linked to one of the School’s Research Groups. Being a member of one of these groups provides a context in which knowledge about the broad research area can be exchanged, and students are exposed to the wider academic community within the School. A bespoke package of methods training is designed for all first year PhD students. A regular PhD research seminar programme and two PhD 'Away Days' per year provide our students with opportunities to present their research in a supportive and constructive environment.

Other Information

Careers and employability We are constantly reviewing and developing our professionally accredited teaching programmes, ensuring our School is a place where students can advance intellectually and in career and professional terms. There are numerous rewarding and varied career opportunities for our students both within Britain and world-wide and we have a diverse Alumni who reflect the multiple pathways a degree with us can take you. 93% of graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2016/17). The professional and academic training supplied throughout our degree programmes means that as a School, we consistently achieve high ratings in the National Student Survey. We offer advice and guidance to our students at every stage of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Enhancing the University's central Student support programme that includes career advice and information, workshops, placements and more, we offer additional expert support and guidance through our dedicated in-School Placements Manager. Our advisor delivers an additional tailored range of careers-related events throughout the year and can help you to meet your career ambitions through a range of focused activities. Our career support does not end at graduation, as you will be exposed to multiple benefits exclusively for alumni. Careers advice is available to alumni up to two years after graduation and you will be able to attend careers fairs, workshops and events as well as access careers and vacancy information, graduate internships and more. You will also have the opportunity to join the private Cardiff University Alumni Network group on LinkedIn and network with over 10,000 members. You will be able to engage directly with fellow alumni to ask career questions, hear about job opportunities and find out about the latest news and insight from Cardiff University.

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