PHD Natural and Built Environment

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Year of Entry 2024/25
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PHD

Natural and Built Environment

Study, research and conduct investigations with specialist staff in a vibrant postgraduate community, graduating with advanced qualifications in the natural and built environment.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £2,393 per year
    International/EU: £8,605 per year

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    7 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    October 2024
    February 2025
    May 2025


Course summary

  • Undertake an intensive, supervised piece of investigative work
  • Benefit from an established department track record Study in specialist computing and lab facilities
  • Support your studies with seminars, training events and assistance from a supervisory team
  • Graduate with an advanced qualification and excellent career prospects

Undertake a lengthy academic study in an appropriate topic of your choice on this research degree. You'll be supported throughout by academic supervisors. You'll flourish in a vibrant academic and postgraduate community, and graduate with stand-out qualifications.

Please note: We offer three enrolment periods each year: October, February, and May. For the October intake, international and home applicants should apply by the end of June. For the February intake, international applicants should apply by the end of October and home applicants by the end of November. For the May intake, international applicants should apply by 20 December and home applicants by the end of February. For further information contact: Social-economic-pgr@shu.ac.uk


How you learn

You work closely with a director of studies and a supervisor who specialise in your chosen field, producing an extended thesis of up to 80,000 words for doctoral research. The programme is based on your individual requirements. You can also design it around your employer's requirements, if appropriate, or development your own subject-specific programme of research. Your research can cover any aspect of the natural and built environment in a UK or international context. Dedicated supervisors, associated with UK and international research, provide support.

You learn through

  • supervised research
  • meetings
  • seminars and training sessions
  • informal group sessions
  • conference attendance

Course leaders and tutors

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Mohataz Hossain
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Architecture & Technology

Dr Mohataz Hossain

Applied learning

Field trips

Funds are available to support you in attending conferences and we encourage you to deliver papers and publish your work.

Networking opportunities

Through regular interaction with other postgraduate students, researchers and the wider academic community, including visiting conferences, there is ample opportunity for networking throughout the course.


Future careers

Research specialists can enter industry and the professions as acknowledged experts in their chosen specialism.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Natural and Built Environment Facilities Tour

Take a look around the natural and built environment facilities at Sheffield Hallam University with lecturer Camila Bassi.

Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • specialist laboratories for research and study
  • specialist computer suites
  • specialist software

Entry requirements

All students

All applicants should hold a strong, relevant undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) and/or a relevant masters qualification (merit and above).

Application

To apply, candidates must submit a fully complete online application including:

  • A research proposal. This should include an outline of the research questions/area, aim of the project, an understanding of the current knowledge/literature and context, the proposed methodology, the potential impact and contribution to knowledge of your project and referencing key background literature. The maximum word count is 1,500 words.
  • A personal statement. This should outline your motivation for doctoral study, any relevant academic and professional skills, and personal context related to your application. The maximum word count is 800 words.
  • Copies of qualifications, certificates, and results transcripts.
  • Details of two referees who can comment on your academic ability and readiness for PhD study.
  • Copies of your passport and any relevant visas, for international applicants.

All suitable candidates are invited to an interview which can take place in-person or online. You will be asked questions about the project proposal and your interest in PhD level study. You are encouraged to find out more about our staff and their current research to inform the development of your research proposal and to ensure it aligns with our research themes.

International Students (Additional Information)

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate their English language proficiency through one of the following:

1. Recent academic IELTS demonstrating an overall score of 7.0 or above with no score below 6.5 in the other components or equivalent. Recent means that your IELTS results must have been awarded two years preceding your doctoral programme's start date.

2. Educated with a UK Master's degree level (merit and above) within one year preceding your doctoral programme's start date.

UKVI provide a list of countries exempt from the language entry requirements. If you are a national of one of these countries you will not need to provide evidence as listed above.

Students who are based overseas may be able to study for a PhD by Distance Learning, subject to establishing a satisfactory distance learning agreement, as part of the application process.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK postgraduate research students starting part-time study in 2024/25 is £2,393 per year.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU postgraduate research students starting part-time study in 2024/25 is £8,605 per year. (Note that this course is not suitable for students requiring a Tier 4 visa).

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Doctoral student loans

Up to £25,700 available to help you while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.

Doctoral student loans

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Geography courses (PDF, 327.3KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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Why not come to our next open day? Open days are the perfect place to talk to staff and students, visit our campuses and get all the information you need. Alternatively, feel free to ask us a question.

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Why choose us?

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Teaching

We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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Facilities

Study in brand-new facilities with access to state-of-the-art digital software and laboratory equipment

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Employment

95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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