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Profile Description

The University is rated 69th in the 2014 QS World University Rankings and is in the top ten UK research-intensive universities (latest Research Assessment Exercise). Our academics produce world class and internationally recognised research and the University takes pride in its research-led critical thinking that aims to make an impact in the world.

Our Doctoral Academy at Sheffield offers postgraduate researchers personalised skills training, expert careers advice and the opportunity to become part of an inspiring, collaborative group of researchers from across the disciplines.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities
In the Faculty we are recognised for our world class research, our diverse range of research centres and our highly employable postgraduates. We explore, share and recreate expressions of the human experience and are known for our interdisciplinary and diverse approaches, our extensive public engagement and collaborative work, and our innovations in the digital humanities.

Our track record for research excellence attracts students from across the world to pursue original research and contribute to the advancement of our knowledge and understanding of the world, its past and present, and its many and varied cultures.

Department of Archaeology
The Department is one of the largest in the UK and we play a leading role in the development of the subject as a modern discipline.
Our philosophy is to develop archaeological research by drawing upon the integrated strengths of the arts and humanities, and the natural and physical sciences in an interdisciplinary manner. At Sheffield you'll discover a climate of academic excellence, innovative teaching, and world-class research. Ours is a truly international study environment, in the heart of one of the best student cities in the UK.

Our Graduate School's outstanding reputation ensures that Sheffield frequently has visiting overseas staff and researchers. Our postgraduate community is vibrant and diverse and we currently have around 60 graduate students carrying out PhD research. At our weekly research seminars staff, graduate students and visiting speakers present their research in a friendly and lively atmosphere. The department's facilities are recognised as being amongst the best in the UK, and include specialist osteology, environmental and material culture laboratories, as well as dedicated PhD study spaces.

Our staff research interests and areas of expertise are global and range from early hominoids and the Palaeolithic to the early modern world. Our research involves collaborations with colleagues in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America and covers issues from human evolution, the origins of agriculture, the growth of empires, the European Reformation to the beginnings of industrialistion.

We offer supervision around the following broad clusters:
• Human, Plant and Animal Populations
• Archaeomaterials and Ancient Technologies
• Landscapes and Environments
• Political, Social and Economic Diversity

Funding Opportunities                                                                                                                                                                                      Postgraduates attract funding from a range of sources including fully funded studentships from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. For details visit:

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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How good is research at University of Sheffield in Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 17.60

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