How to apply

Research proposals can cover any landscape-related topic. This page explains how to apply for a PhD in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

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All applications for our PhD programme can be made through our online application system.

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Submitting your application

If you decide to make an application for a research degree, please apply directly online.

When you submit your application, please give special attention to section J, as we like to you to provide us with a particular range of information. The form asks you for details of:

  • previous relevant experience
  • the relevance of previous studies (eg, specific modules, projects or dissertations)
  • how these studies fit into your long-term plans.
  • why you wish to undertake these studies at Sheffield

In addition, please supply us with further information about your proposed research topic, including:

  • Title
  • Main aim
  • Up to four main research objectives and/or research questions
  • A brief summary of relevant literature setting your research in context (about 300-500 words)
  • An outline of your proposed methodology – even if you do not know this in detail, it is useful to explain whether it will involve field experiments, surveys, interviews, computer-aided design etc.
  • The anticipated outcomes of the research – what you hope to accomplish and why you consider it to be useful.

Choosing a Topic

Research proposals can cover any landscape-related topic. Proposals can be submitted independently, in which case (and if feasible) they will be discussed and developed with relevant staff.

Staff will usually also have a range of graduate research projects that fit directly with their ongoing research programmes, for which specific funding may be sought.

In many cases, staff may be interested in working with you in your general area of interest, but may not feel that your specific research proposal offers great scope for further development. In this case, we may negotiate a revised project that fits more closely with the current activity and research programmes of the department.

Contact us

Initial contact to discuss potential research projects can be made either with the Director of Graduate Research, Dr Ross Cameron or with the individual member of staff whose interests most clearly match your own.

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Once we have received this information, we will usually be able to make a decision in three-to-four. Please bear in mind that assessing a research proposal raises a number of complex considerations, and we will be unable to respond quickly or make a decision based on insufficient information.

We very much welcome your application, but we also want to make sure that your research will be successful and rewarding.

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