The Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield is a top 50 geography department (QS University Rankings 2019) at a Russell Group institution, with world-leading and internationally excellent research (latest Research Excellence Framework).
With over 70 members of staff, many of whom have well established international reputations, the Department of Geography offers a healthy balance of experienced and younger academic. The department is large enough to offer breadth of expertise, but small enough to allow for good relationships among students and between staff and students.
Research in the department focuses on both human and physical geography equally, as well as on the emerging productive synergies between the two. In total, there are eight research groups, all of which connect with and shape key debates in their fields. All are interdisciplinary in orientation; indeed, interdisciplinary working is a hallmark of research activity in the department, as is the vibrancy and inclusivity of our research culture.
The Department has three general aims, consistent with those of the University as a whole:
To provide quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, informed and invigorated by the research and scholarship of academic staff.
To provide access to the widest possible range of sources of knowledge, and the resources to enable the pursuit of learning and scholarship.
To provide an environment in which all members of the Department can enhance their skills and apply them to a wide range of theoretical and practical problems in the service of the wider community.
The University of Sheffield enjoys a world wide reputation as an international centre of academic excellence for the study of social sciences and is at the forefront of the elite group of research-oriented UK Universities.
The city of Sheffield has all the amenities and attractions of a major city but the atmosphere is friendly. Sheffield has been called "the biggest village in England". Crime figures show we're on of the safest cities in the UK. Sheffield is also the greenest city in England, with 150 woodlands and 50 public parks (one in the centre of campus). If you fancy a break, Sheffield caters to all preferences with excellent rail service to other UK cities as well as being located on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Britain's first national park.