The Manchester Urban Institute (MUI) brings together taught master's and postgraduate research students to study a variety of issues.

Our students study issues such as climate change, cosmopolitanism, design, encounters, finance, governance, housing, informality, migration, planning, politics, resilience, and transport.

By bringing together anthropologists, architects, economists, educationalists, engineers, geographers, historians, linguists, medics, sociologists, and many more disciplines, we offer our students the opportunity to work with people they might not otherwise meet.

Taught master's courses

Postgraduate research programmes

Global Doctoral Research Network (GOLDEN)

We're home to four PhD students funded through The University of Manchester’s and the University of Melbourne’s Global Doctoral Research Network (GOLDEN).

GOLDEN is a dual-award programme - a PhD programme that leads to separate awards from two partner institutions - that offers candidates the opportunity to apply for a project with a strong supervisory team both in Manchester and Melbourne.

PhD candidates are registered at both Manchester and Melbourne and complete all of the requirements of the PhD programme in both the home and partner universities.

PhD candidates begin their PhD in either Manchester or Melbourne and then spend at least 12 months at the other university during their studies.

International doctoral cluster: Cities and infrastructure in a global age

Infrastructure is a concept over which many disciplines claim some intellectual ownership.

While for some disciplines the interest in infrastructure is long-standing, for others it is a more recent development, where there appears to have been something akin to an 'infrastructural turn' (Dodson, 2015: 87).

One area in which recent years have seen insights from a number of these disciplines converge and overlap is that of infrastructure and urbanisation.

As cities are increasingly understood as sites through which planetary futures are being made and remade, so there appears some utility in using “infrastructure” as a means of understanding contemporary urbanisation.

This thinking through the different ways in which infrastructure comes to be present in cities, the nature of its relationship with urbanisation, and how this might involve, perhaps even necessitate, a rethinking of the concept itself, is the focus for this International Doctoral Cluster (IDC) between the universities of Manchester and Toronto.

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