Our research influences policy, changes lives and helps us to understand the world. We think that’s the only kind of research worth doing.
We’ve got £8 million to fund PhD students who really shine. If you’re among the brightest and best in your field, we want to hear from you.
Applications for 2017 PhD scholarships are now open. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 1 February 2017.
The University of Sheffield invests heavily in the development of its postgraduate community. This year we’re funding over 350 new students to help them undertake a research degree.
We are one of the UK’s leading research universities. Our researchers make an outstanding contribution across the disciplines. We are among the top ten in the Russell Group for research output, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework.
Bringing great minds together
Graduate students at Sheffield work under the supervision of researchers who are at the leading edge of their fields, working together to constantly push the boundaries of current understanding and challenge accepted wisdom. We proactively encourage interdisciplinary research effort, so that we can collaboratively tackle problems larger than those typically associated with single university researchers.
The University’s research makes a significant contribution to the intellectual, economic, cultural and social life of the nation. Our research groups work in partnership with world leaders in industry on real problems. Household names such as Boeing and Rolls-Royce sponsor major facilities at Sheffield. We are also engaged in work with government and other public sector, creative and cultural organisations at home and internationally.
A collegial atmosphere
One of our key strengths is in bringing together people from different backgrounds, adding fresh perspectives to problem solving. Our university is a truly international place with academics, researchers and students from over 100 different countries coming together to form a thriving research community. We have strong partnerships with institutions across the world.
When you join our Doctoral Academy, you’re welcomed into an academic community and treated as a colleague. During your time here, you’ll make the transition from student to professional researcher. Sheffield was one of the first universities to pioneer a comprehensive, structured Doctoral Development Programme. Continuously refreshed, this cutting-edge programme of specific, advanced and transferable skills training is highly valued by our PhD students.