PhD study at Sheffield

Our research school – the largest Landscape Graduate Research School in the UK – is a thriving, interdisciplinary environment where PhD students work both independently and collaboratively to explore the interactions between society, culture, nature and practice.

PhD study at Sheffield

Pursuit of knowledge

Research degrees in the Department of Landscape are offered for students who wish to pursue an academic, research or teaching career, or for those who wish to specialise in particular areas for work in agencies or consultancies, or simply for those who enjoy the pursuit of knowledge.

Whilst doing the MA in Landscape Architecture I began to imagine pursuing a career in research as I was hugely inspired and challenged by the breadth and scope of the work being undertaken in the Landscape Department and the lively research culture which exists here.

Camilla Allen, PhD student

Our PhD students come to us via a range of funding routes, through the University as well as UK and international funders.

Funding opportunities

What can I study?

Potential Research topics cover the full range of possibilities in pure science, arts and humanities and social science. Many of our students are working on topics that cross over these disciplines.

Students are allocated to one of our three research clusters and will work alongside other research students on similar topics, as well as staff and taught MA students. This leads to a culture of sharing and support within the school.

Current PhD topics

Phd study at Sheffield

Our PhD offer

The Department offers full-time PhD degrees (3-4 years full time) by research.

Generally students are allocated to a primary research supervisor, and one or two secondary supervisors, depending on the nature of the subject. Supervisory meetings are held, on average, once every two weeks, but with more frequent meetings in the initial and final stages of the project.

Each student is allocated a work and storage space in the research school. The Western Bank (Research) Library and the new Information Commons carry the full range of relevant journals and periodicals. The Department and University support high-level GIS and CAD applications.

Specialist training

You will have access to world-class training alongside your doctoral study through the University’s Doctoral Development Programme (DDP) and the Social Science Graduate School.

Training is delivered by specialists in the Faculty from the Sheffield Methods Institute, the department and research centres, and in collaboration with the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. Our students also access University wide provision via the Think Ahead scheme.

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