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Profile Description

Our Department is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for the teaching and research of urban issues and planning, guided by our mission to contribute to creating vibrant, sustainable and socially just places.

Our research has been rated 4*'internationally excellent' with ‘outstanding impacts', the best among all UK planning schools and one of the best in the world. We're also the top rated RTPI accredited planning school in the UK following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Our academic staff are research active on behalf of government, research councils, business, the voluntary sector and local communities in the UK and across the globe. This ensures that our research has a significant and positive impact locally, nationally and internationally.
Apply for a PhD with us

We welcome research proposals addressing topics from across the broad range of urban studies and planning and related disciplines such as geography, sociology, international development and politics.

On our website you can find PhD topics which align with our research priorities:

  • Environment, infrastructure and sustainability
  • Housing and real estate
  • Planning, people and place
  • Urban inequalities and social justice

We would encourage you to treat these topics as starting points for a conversation with us about a project you would like to do.

If you find one or more which excite you then we invite you to contact us – either direct to the supervisor or through the Director of the Research School, Dr Steve Connelly. We can also provide more information about the application process.

We are interested in innovative social research methods, and can offer supervision across a wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches. We welcome students wanting to use both qualitative and quantitative methods in their studies.

We accept applications at any time of year, though note that most of the studentships have application deadlines in February or March.

2017 Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a range of PhD scholarships for 2017/18 entry. These include Doctoral Academy scholarships, with further scholarships likely to be available through the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership competition.

Scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fees
  • An annual stipend to cover living expenses equivalent to UK Research Council rates
  • Research Training Support Grant

All scholarships are available as a +3 (PhD) or a 1+3 (Masters and PhD), as well as on a full- or part-time basis.


Doctoral Academy scholarships are open to applicants of any nationality. Most ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships are open to UK and EU applicants; there may be limited opportunities for overseas students, and all applicants should check ESRC White Rose DTP guidance before making an application.

To apply for Masters and PhD funding, you will need:

  • Qualifications or experience equal to a first or upper second class honours degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience

To apply for PhD funding, you will need:

Qualifications or experience equal to a Merit or Distinction in a Master's degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience

Deadline to apply for scholarship funding

The deadline for scholarship applications is 5.00pm on 1 February 2017. Information on the scholarship application process can be found here.

Other funding opportunities

There are a number of varied funding opportunities available to study with us. More details can be found on our website.

Further information

Dr Steve Connelly, Director of Postgraduate Research
Tel. +44 114 222 6916
Email: [email protected]


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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