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Graduate Teaching Assistant PhDs in Natural and Built Environment

  Department of the Natural and Built Environment

About the Programme

The Department of Natural and Built Environment at Sheffield Hallam University intends to appoint 2 PhD students (Graduate Teaching Assistants) on a full time three-and-a-half-year fixed term studentship commencing on 3rd October 2022. Part time applications are also welcomed.

Graduate Teaching Assistant bursary holders will be expected to contribute to the resourcing of the student experience, either through teaching or some other form of student support. This forms part of the terms and conditions of the bursary and there is no additional payment for it. Students currently enrolled on a PhD programme are not eligible to apply.

Applicants should hold a 1st or 2.1 honours degree. A Masters degree in a relevant subject area would be an advantage.

We are particularly interested in supervising projects in the following areas, and preference will be given to applicants with an interest in developing research in one of these areas:

Repurposing waste to reduce the environmental impact of construction materials 

We welcome proposals related to reducing environmental impact of construction materials, enhancing the energy efficiency of buildings, and retrofitting existing structures. We are particularly interested in applicants with a research focus on: “Repurposing waste to reduce the environmental impact of construction materials”

We encourage applicants with backgrounds in built environment related disciplines such as architecture, architectural technology, civil engineering, material science or construction.

Supervisory team: Dr Andreea Serbescu (Director of Studies), Dr Mohataz Hossain and Prof Liz Laycock. Contact for further details on potential projects and/or attend informal Q&A Session (details below).

Contact for further details on project

Urban Inequalities

Research topics may include but are not limited to access and politics of public space; urban migration and mobilities; challenges and resistances in the urban environment; socio-spatial impacts of changing infrastructures; design perspectives on urban sustainability and climate justice; creative and ethnographic research methods. 

We encourage applicants from interdisciplinary backgrounds that touch upon architecture; human geography; art and design, environment, and development studies; urban studies; urban planning and design. 

Supervisory Team: Dr Goran Vodicka (Director of Studies), Dr Nabeela Ahmed and Dr Richard White. Contact for further details on potential projects and/or attend informal Q&A Session (details below).

Contact for further details on project

 On 10th June at 12PM (BST) we are hosting an informal pre-application online Q&A in which potential applicants can meet the supervisory teams and have an opportunity to ask questions. Please register for this free event on Eventbrite.

Applicants with interests in other areas can still apply for doctoral study but are unlikely to be considered for the GTA studentships.

We strongly recommend that you contact a prospective supervisor to discuss your research ideas before applying. Details of staff research interests and contact details can be found through the department website here.

For general enquiries please email

For general information about research degrees, visit the Research website.


International applicants

We also have a mandatory English language requirement of IELTS 7, or equivalent language qualification, even if you have a UK MA. This qualification should have been taken within the last two years, with a score of at least 7 in all test areas.


Applying for a Studentship


Please complete an application form, available on our website. Please note, at this stage you only need to include the names and contact details for referees, but you should contact referees to provide their references to

Guidance on completion of your research proposal: Please submit a 2-page draft research proposal around your chosen area of interest along with your application form. Within the two pages please include a 500-word section demonstrating your knowledge in the area and preferred methodology (Quantitative or Qualitative for example).


In the subject field of your e-mail, please write ‘Natural and Built Environment Studentship Application' and e-mail your completed application form and research proposal to .

Closing date for applications: 12 noon (BST) 21st June 2022

Late applications will not be accepted.


Interviews will take place by videoconference and are likely to take place during the week commencing 11th July 2022.

Sheffield Hallam welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, pregnancy and maternity, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Funding Notes

Natural and Built Environment Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Scholarships Duration: 3.5 years Closing date for applications: 12 noon (BST) 21st June 2022 The studentship is for a period of three and a half years, subject to satisfactory progress, and will include full UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £16,062. International applicants please be aware that the bursary will cover only the Home fee. The shortfall between the Home and Overseas fee, currently around £9,960 per year, must be covered by the student for the 3.5 year duration of the studentship.

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