Prospective research students

Prospective Research Students

Graduate Research

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.

Potential Research Topics

Potential Research topics cover the full range of possibilities in pure science, arts and humanities and social science. Indeed many of our students are working on topics that cross over these disciplines. We currently have Government research council-funded studentships that cover all these areas. The department is recognised by the Economic & Social Research Council as eligible for open competition (+3 and 1+3) and CASE PhD awards. The departments MA in Landscape Research is an approved research training course for students entering the ERSC competition. The Department has the largest Landscape Graduate Research School in the UK. Increasingly, students are allocated to existing research teams 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.

What We Offer

The Department offers full or part-time MPhil (1-2 years full time) and PhD degrees (3-4 years full time) by research. 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.

Students will register for a PhD. A full research proposal is submitted within the first nine months of study and a confirmation panel from the department will approve continuation at PhD level. 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. An important part of graduate study at the University of Sheffield is the Doctoral Development Programme (DDP). This allows students to put together a package of specialist modules from across the University to provide advanced, research based training that is directly suited to an individual research project.

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