PhD study

Join us at the forefront of human and physical geography research. Our internationally excellent and world-leading contribution to research has been recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

The Faculty of Social Sciences has partnered with the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) to introduce a new Bridge Programme for International Applicants. Find out how this online course can support you at the start of your PhD journey.

Studying for a PhD in Geography at the University of Sheffield is a rewarding and challenging experience. Our academic staff have a wealth of international and interdisciplinary experience across human and physical geography, and are keen to hear from potential PhD candidates.

As a department we aim to create a friendly, collegial atmosphere in which our PhD students can thrive. Our five interdisciplinary research groups showcase our key research themes and provide a supportive and collaborative network for geography PhD students, Early Career Researchers and established academics.