Embark on an intensive, supervised piece of investigative work and build your own original area of expertise. You choose from a wide range of research topics from environmental architecture to real estate and write an extended 80,000 word thesis. Your studies are supported by a supervisory team, PhD seminars and training events, and you become part of our vibrant research culture.
A research degree is essentially a period of intensive, supervised, research work in your chosen area. It builds on your previous academic or professional experience.
We value and support our students who are a vital contribution to the intellectual life of the University.
The programme is based on your individual requirements. You can also design it around your employer’s requirements or research and development programmes.
Your research can cover any aspect of the built environment in a UK or international context. Dedicated supervisors, associated with UK and international research, provide support.
Research areas include • architecture and building science • building surveying • construction and project management • surveying, property appraisal and real estate • environmental sustainability.
Research and learning modules also support your study.
We have an established research track record, attracting over £400,000 funding each year from research councils and industry. Our £3.5 million investment means we can offer some of the best specialist computing and laboratory facilities in the UK.
Our facilities aid the effective teaching of our built environment courses. They create a successful environment for research activities and allow us to provide invaluable services to business.
There are specialist laboratories for research and study, supported by technicians and academic staff. We also have seven computer suites running specialist software.
Our architecture studios are fitted with drawing boards and networked PCs with AutoCAD software. We also have an artificial sky for daylight testing with miniature model photography.
This degree is hosted within the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School. The Graduate School website provides a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, information about our research work, and useful contact information.
2017 entry requirements
A good first degree from a UK institution (normally a first or upper second), or the overseas equivalent, to register for MPhil only or MPhil with the possibility of transfer to PhD. Only holders of a relevant masters degree, which had a substantial research training element, can apply for direct PhD registration.
If English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English Language ability – IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam.
International and European entry qualifications
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.
Full-time – MPhil typically two years, PhD (including one year of MPhil registration) typically three years, PhD direct typically two years. You study for at least 35 hours a week on average.
Part-time – MPhil typically three years, PhD (including two years of MPhil registration) typically seven years. You study at least 15 hours a week on average.
Starts October or January
Typical modules may include
The research programme is based on your individual requirements. You can also design it around your employer’s requirements or research and development programmes.
Research specialists can enter industry and the professions as acknowledged experts in their chosen specialism.
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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2017/18 academic year
Full-time – typically £4,195 a year
Part-time – typically £2,098 a year
Fees are aligned to Research Councils UK (RCUK) fees.
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.
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.