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Study for a self-funded PhD in the Sheffield Business School

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About the Programme

We are recruiting self-funded PhD students to work within the following newly formed research clusters:

The Experiencescape research cluster brings together expertise in psychology, sociology, hospitality, tourism, events, marketing, architecture, design, law, media and communications. In 2019 ,we routinely journey through experiencescapes; no longer confined to traditional examples such as theme parks and leisure/tourism venues, experiencescapes are nonetheless purposefully designed and facilitated. Applications are welcome in relation to experience design, in varied contexts. Informal enquiries: Dr. Philp Crowther -

The Sheffield Hallam Appetite REsearch (SHARE) research cluster includes 30 academics with expertise in appetite regulation and eating behaviour. Applications are welcome in relation to three themes 1) Biology and Physiology of Eating 2) Hedonics, Foods and Feeding 3) Eating Behaviours: Traits and States. Of particular interest are applications to continue work examining the effects of nutritional interventions and exercise on appetite and energy balance including the influence of genetics. Informal enquiries: Jenny Paxman -

The Culture, Health, Environment, Food and Society (CHEFS) research cluster focuses on the socio-cultural dimensions of food and drinks. Applications are welcome in relation to food/drink and: cultural production and representation; cultural practices and identities; inequality and social stratification; institutional settings; issues of place, development and sustainability. Of particular interest are applications to undertake socio-historical research on Sheffield's local/regional food and/or drink cultures. Informal enquiries: Professor Jennifer Smith Maguire (

How to apply:

To apply for a self-funded PhD , you will need to meet our entry requirements and provide:

1. fully completed Sheffield Hallam University application form
2. research proposal (4-6 sides of A4 in length).
3. transcript of marks from your highest qualification (we require a dissertation mark of 60+).
4. copy of your award certificates
5. two references, one ideally from an academic source. References must be supplied as recent letters on headed notepaper or on the reference section on the University's application form.
6. Where English is not your first language, we require evidence of your English language ability to the following minimum level of proficiency. An IELTS score of 7.0 overall (with all component marks of 6.5 or higher), a TOEFL test with an overall score of 100 internet based (minimum component score of 23 in listening and reading, 26 in writing and 22 in speaking) or SHU TESOL English Language qualification (final overall grade of Awith all components graded at B or higher) or a recognised equivalent testing system. Please note that your test score must be within the last two years.

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Applicants wishing to be considered for:

• October 2020 entry: please submit application by 12 noon June 30th 2020

Please send your appications to

Selection process

If successful, you will be required to attend an interview to discuss your research proposal.

Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.
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