Fees and funding

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Available PhD Studentships

Information is provided below about studentships currently available within our Department for entry in 2017-18.

Understanding Spatial Housing Choice and Demand (supervisor: Dr Alasdair Rae)

The UK Housing Evidence Centre (CaCHE), in collaboration with Rightmove, are pleased to offer this fully funded PhD on spatial housing choice and demand. The academic literature on the topic is well developed, yet in-depth empirical studies on the subject matter are much more limited. This is principally a result of a lack of good quality data, so we have formed a partnership with Rightmove, the UK's leading online housing search portal, in order to offer this PhD opportunity to a suitably qualified candidate.

People search for housing in complex ways, with some focusing first on area and then on property attributes and others doing the opposite. Some research suggests that the two processes operate simultaneously, and in the era of data-rich online housing portals such as, this seems likely. However, there remains a gap in knowledge in relation to the geography of housing search in relation to the geography of choice and demand, and that is what this PhD project will focus on.


The PhD will be supervised by Dr Alasdair Rae from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. The successful candidate will also work with housing search experts at the University of Sheffield - including Professor Craig Watkins, the National Director of Research for CaCHE. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to access cutting-edge technology and new data through our partners at Rightmove, in addition to mentoring by Dr Alex Solomon, the Practitioner Supervisor at Rightmove.

About you

The successful candidate will have a strong mix of conceptual knowledge and technical skills and a first class or good upper second class degree in fields such as urban planning, economics, computer science, human geography, or cognate disciplines. Candidates must have, and be able to demonstrate, that they have strong quantitative skills.


Funding covers UK/EU fees plus the standard Research Council maintenance award (£14,553 per annum in 2017/18) for three years. Please note the studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants. In addition, UK/EU applicants who have not been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start date will only be eligible for a ‘fees only’ award.

How to apply

Applicants are asked to complete an online application form. In the Statement section, please quote reference : CaCHE-Rightmove and outline your interest in and suitability for the PhD.

Deadline for applications: 07 July 2017