Our PhD research.

The Department of Geography at Sheffield was established in 1908 and has gained an international reputation for its teaching and research. It has provided doctoral research training to over 300 PhDs who have gone onto academic and professional careers across the world

Our current cohort of doctoral students comes from backgrounds in Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Humanities and Engineering reflecting the diverse research expertise of our academic staff.

As a research student in Geography, you will be part of research groups within the department as well as Research Centres across the university such as Sheffield Institute for International Development,the Urban Institute, and the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures. Through our national and international networks of research councils, industrial partners, policy makers and academic scholarship, our students are part of a research environment in which postgraduates can thrive.

Our programme

Our doctoral programmes are designed to ensure that research students have the training and development to prepare for successful academic and professional careers. In addition to the intellectual environment provided by the department’s graduate community, research groups and your PhD supervision, all students are enrolled in the Doctoral Development Programme. This programme is an integral part of your research degree, tailored to your individual needs and designed to enhance your existing skills as well as allowing you to acquire new skills and experience.

All students are members of the Doctoral Training Academy. The Department of Geography is also part of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre and the ACCE (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment) Doctoral Training Partnership.