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Communicate your vision at the Landscape Department

  • Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

Profile Description

The University is rated in the top 100 by the QS World University Rankings, priding itself on research-led critical thinking that aims to make an impact in the world. With our academics producing world class and internationally recognised research, The University of Sheffield has developed a reputation for research quality. Central to this is our large body of postgraduate research students, over 2000 across our departments and over 600 in the Faculty of Social Sciences. By supporting and engaging with our postgraduate research community, we encourage a friendly, productive and inclusive atmosphere.

As part of The Faculty of Social Sciences, the Doctoral Training Centre ([email protected]) offers research training to support postgraduate research students at all stages of their work. Opportunities to access training at the University of Leeds and the University of York are also available as part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC) provision. The DTC facilitates networking between students and provides training in generic, advanced and transferable skills. There is a vibrant and expansive research community which produces doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility.

The Department of Landscape.

Defined by an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to the subject, the University of Sheffield's Department of Landscape is regarded as one of the best in the field; rated top 5 in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, with 70% of research receiving the highest rating for impact. The department is also renowned for its leaders in the field, such as Professors Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough, who were responsible for the planting design for the wildflower meadows of the Olympic park, of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Research in the department is centered on three main areas of ecology, society and design. These make up the fundamental elements of landscape architecture, and inform the work of the following research groups in the department; urban ecological landscape design and management, planning and management of rural and peri-urban landscapes, as well as human interaction with landscapes, and landscape architecture design theory. These cover broadly the research areas available for supervision, we are however open to innovative proposals that push the boundaries of landscape architecture, as well as those from outside the discipline with a view to study landscape, such as arts, humanities, social science, and science based proposals.

As the largest department in the field of landscape architecture, there is wide support network available, from both peers and academics. There is also a vibrant graduate school in the department, with a friendly and collaborative atmosphere, which is housed in a modern studio style space equipped with state of the art facilities.

The department is very successful in securing funding for PhD scholarships, receiving grants from both the university and externally; these are competitive and subject to availability.

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.00

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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