The Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences with specialisation in Urban and Regional Planning provides training in theory, advanced research methods, and the application of planning principles. Students are trained to take up higher-level education, applied research, or upper-level policy positions. Students in the Ph.D. program typically work closely with one (or two) faculty members. Students often develop connections across campus within, for example, the Faculties of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences; Arts, Engineering, and Medicine & Dentistry. Admissions to the program are selective, and applicants usually have a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning (or in a closely related field). Applicants are required to show a capacity for advanced research and have a compelling research area they have developed.