Scholarship opportunity - Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER)

We are seeking a PhD student to undertake research within the Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER), funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

You will join the CVER research team at the University of Sheffield, led by Professor Steven McIntosh. Your PhD research will combine education economics and applied econometrics to make use of large scale administrative data from learners, education and training providers, and businesses.

Applicants must have successfully completed, or be close to completing, an MSc degree in Economics, or a masters degree with a high Economics content.

The successful applicant will have their PhD fees paid at the appropriate rate for 3 years and will also receive an annual tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK Research Council rate (£14,296 in 2016/17) over this period.

Applicants should send a letter of application setting out why they should be considered for the post to Professor Steven McIntosh by email

Before sending a letter of application, applicants must also submit a formal application for a place on the department’s PhD programme. Details of how to apply online for a PhD place can be found on the University PhD webpages.

Closing date: Wednesday 18th May 2016; expected interview dates: week beginning Monday 23rd May.

Download the full details on this CVER Scholarship. (PDF 100KB).

Research degrees in economics at the University of Sheffield

PhD and MPhil postgraduate research in economics gives you the opportunity to deepen your interest in the subject by studying in an area of your choice. You will develop a broad range of research skills relevant to your subject area and this will equip you for a career in academic research or as a practising economist in the public or private sector.

These pages provide information on the opportunities available for postgraduate research in economics at the University of Sheffield, including the research interests of our staff. They also describe the general arrangements for research in the department and explain how you can make an application.     

The Department of Economics

The Department of Economics is one of only two remaining independent economics departments in the North of England and we have a well-established and successful postgraduate research programme.

Currently there are around 30 students studying for MPhil or PhD degrees in a wide range of topics. If you choose to study at Sheffield you will become part of this lively community and play a key role in the academic life of the department.

View the staff research areas for details on the research in the Department of Economics

Find out more about our current research students 

The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC) in Social Sciences

The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre in Social Sciences comprises the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York and was established in January 2011 with an investment from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to provide a national training centre for postgraduate researchers in social sciences.

For more information visit the WRDTC website 


For more information please email our Postgraduate Officer, Charlotte Hobson: