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In the UK moves to devolve government and decision-making to the regional and local levels are generating an increased requirement for well-trained professionals who are capable of providing the knowledge and analytical skills required. Across Europe increased economic and monetary union is emphasising the need for member states to consider how those involved in urban and regional government can tackle the spatial disparities in economic growth and development that have been such an entrenched feature of the last 20 years.

In the Far East and North America a similar level of interest is being shown in how governments can best ensure more geographical balance in development. The design and implementation of spatial policies to manage the process of growth requires professionals with a multidisciplinary skill base and an international perspective on best practice.

This course is therefore designed to equip you with the analytical skills required to:

  • Understand the factors that lead to variations in regional growth and development and to understand the consequences of regional imbalance
  • Assess the scope for policy intervention to manage regional growth
  • Design efficient and effective policies to manage growth at the regional level
  • Understand how best to implement growth and regeneration policies
  • Evaluate policy achievement and monitor and assess the effectiveness of policy initiatives.

The course emphasises the importance of adopting a multidisciplinary approach both to understanding the nature of growth and regeneration problems as well as creating successful policy solutions.

MPhil courses offered by the Department of Land Economy share common aims:

  • Enable students of a high calibre to pursue their education at an advanced applied level drawing on the primary disciplines of economics, planning and environmental policy, with additional specialisms in finance and law.
  • Provide students with opportunities both to build on and develop material which they may have studied at undergraduate level as well as to broaden their knowledge base.
  • Equip students with the necessary skills to pursue careers at a high level in a range of areas, including business and finance, civil service, public service, property professions, environmental agencies and organisations, national and international agencies and further study.
  • Provide opportunities for education in a multidisciplinary environment so as to advance the understanding of cognate disciplines and their applications.
  • Provide opportunities for learning with colleagues from different social, economic and legal systems.
  • Provide students with appropriate skills and experience to enable them to use information and resources critically and to equip them with the means to undertake their own research.
  • Provide an educational environment with a strong research ethos that brings together students from a wide variety of backgrounds and fosters an international approach to common problems.


Candidates shall complete two pathway core modules, one research methods module and three optional modules; they must also complete a dissertation of not more than 12,000 words. Taught modules may be assessed by either written examination or coursework or by a combination of assessment formats.

The modules offered for this course are confirmed on an annual basis but may include:

  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation, Research Design and Structure
  • Urban and Environmental Planning
  • Housing and Regeneration
  • Property Development
  • Spatial Economics
  • Institutions and Development I & II

plus optional modules from other taught MPhil courses offered by the Department of Land Economy.


Feedback and guidance is given to assist students in developing and drafting the dissertation research project. Feedback is also given on module essays that are not part of the formal assessment process. Feedback sessions are arranged by module leaders following examinations.



A dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words. As part of the dissertation module, students also submit an assessed dissertation proposal before submission of their final dissertation.


Assessment of subject modules varies and includes written examinations, essays, individual and group project work. Some modules may be assessed in more than one format.

Written examination

Assessment of subject modules varies. Where written examinations are used these will normally be two-hour papers.

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities

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The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £60 application fee
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Those applicants who are subject to a language requirement are strongly encouraged to submit their language results with their initial application; failure to do so can delay the processing time.

Selection Process

Applications are considered on a rolling basis (in other words, when they are received). Applicants should expect to hear whether or not they have been successful within about eight weeks of submitting their completed application and required supporting documents.

Further information on How To Apply

Visit the MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!




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