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6 PhD Programs in Urban and Regional Planning

The PhD is a doctoral degree awarded by a university. Also known as a Doctor of Philosophy, it often requires rigorous, advanced studies in a single topic and then culminates with a dissertation. Graduates with a PhD are known as “doctors” in their field. What is a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning? A doctorate focused on urban and regional planning helps students develop the ability… Read more

The PhD is a doctoral degree awarded by a university. Also known as a Doctor of Philosophy, it often requires rigorous, advanced studies in a single topic and then culminates with a dissertation. Graduates with a PhD are known as “doctors” in their field.

What is a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning? A doctorate focused on urban and regional planning helps students develop the ability to understand land use, environmental protection, and public welfare, with special attention on water, air, and natural resource rights. Students may often choose from classes such as design analysis, urban planning, and township design. They may also find courses such as negotiation, regional growth, and countryside development.

While working toward a doctorate in urban and regional planning, students often develop skills that help them advance in their careers. These may include organization, planning, and management. They may also expand their ability to communicate, negotiate, and mediate.

Public and private university tuition costs often vary greatly because of location, class specialization, and the instructor. Therefore, prospective students may consider contacting the schools they wish to attend and request information on costs associated with obtaining a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning.

Graduates with a doctorate in urban and regional planning typically create strategies on how to use land and build communities. They may also choose to specialize in historical preservation as they create plans to save historic buildings, forts, and lighthouses. Careers can often be found as transportation designers, building surveyors, and land use managers. Graduates who want to focus on the environment may seek employment as environmental managers, sustainability consultants, and coastal management advisors. Governments may also employ graduates to help design parks and develop plans to protect natural resources.

PhD programs in urban and regional planning can be found at universities around the world. To find a schedule that fits your needs, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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QUB Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS)
Belfast, United Kingdom

The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning (ISEP) is one of the fastest growing and dynamic planning research environments in the UK.

The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning (ISEP) is one of the fastest growing and dynamic planning research environments in the UK. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
University of Camerino the international School of Advanced Studies
Camerino, Italy

Area: Architecture, Design, Planning

Area: Architecture, Design, Planning -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English, Italian
Campus
 
College of Fine & Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, USA

The internationally recognized Ph.D. program in Regional Planning prepares scholars for leadership positions at universities and research institutions in the US and worldwide ... +

The internationally recognized Ph.D. program in Regional Planning prepares scholars for leadership positions at universities and research institutions in the US and worldwide as faculty and policymakers. It builds a strong foundation of planning and social science theories and hones skills in advanced research methods to develop expertise in a chosen specialization. -
PhD
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 

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University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design
Philadelphia, USA

The University of Pennsylvania is an intellectually stimulating environment in which to study today’s metropolitan challenges. To develop responses, our Ph.D. students have ea ... +

The University of Pennsylvania is an intellectually stimulating environment in which to study today’s metropolitan challenges. To develop responses, our Ph.D. students have easy access to a broad, multi-disciplinary faculty and all the resources of a first-rate urban research university. -
PhD
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, USA

The Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies degree program is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Human Development that enables stud ... +

The Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies degree program is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Human Development that enables students of exceptional ability to undertake advanced study and original research in urban affairs and urban history, urban planning, and urban anthropology. The program's mission is to prepare students for careers in scholarly activity, applied research, and policy analysis. -
PhD
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Washington
Seattle, USA

The Urban Design & Planning Interdisciplinary Ph.D. at the University of Washington is one of 39 Ph.D. programs in urban and regional planning in North America and one of ... +

The Urban Design & Planning Interdisciplinary Ph.D. at the University of Washington is one of 39 Ph.D. programs in urban and regional planning in North America and one of the oldest, founded in 1967. -
PhD
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 

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