PhD Projects Directory

Many funded PhD projects are available throughout the year. Projects are listed below by Faculty, then by Department. There may be other projects available and you should always check with the department for other opportunities.

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Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social Sciences
Cross-Faculty Projects


Cross-Faculty Projects

Outstanding students are invited to apply for a PhD Studentship in the Interdisciplinary Network "Acting Together Against Climate Change".

NERC DTP Studentships - Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) - multidisciplinary research, bringing together biologists, mathematicians, engineers, geoscientists, analytical chemists, archaeologists and policy experts.

PhD Studentships are available in a cross-disciplinary research group developing a multiscale model of the human nusculoskeletal system.  Four studentships are available to study and contribute to different aspects of the multiscale platform.  These exciting opportunities will involve collaboration with engineers, biologists and clinicians.  www.sheffield.ac.uk/mecheng/phd/phd-studentships/musculoskeletal-system

Two new PhD opportunities with the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training for New and Sustainable Photovoltaics

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department of Archaeology

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Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

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School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

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Department of History

AHRC funded studentship available as part of the Digital Transformations project, ‘The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925’, studying ‘Crime and Policing in 18th and 19th-Century London’

School of Languages & Cultures

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Department of Music

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Department of Philosophy

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Faculty of Engineering

Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship starting on 28 September 2015 (or as soon as possible thereafter) to work on the creation of a process-monitoring framework for Friction Stir Welding (FSW). Fore more information on this project visit:
www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/phd-studentship-1.443460

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Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

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Department of Computer Science

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Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

One PhD opportunity with the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training for New and Sustainable Photovoltaics. The project Characterising the nanoscale morphology of organic metal halide photovoltaic materials includes the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy.

For other PhD projects, Check with department

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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Department of Materials Science & Engineering

One PhD opportunity with the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training for New and Sustainable Photovoltaics. The project Characterising the nanoscale morphology of organic metal halide photovoltaic materials includes the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy.

Industrial CASE Studentship with the Nuclear Decommisioning Authority - to start before 1/10/2015 - Radion Uclide Interactions

Other currently available projects in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Machining Science

Currently available four-year EngD Studentships.


Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health

Department of Human Communications Sciences

The Department of Human Communication Sciences is now advertising a funded ESRC White Rose DTC Network Studentship based at the University of Sheffield (closing date 13 March 2015) as part of the ESRC White Rose DTC Network – Understanding and enhancing reading and language skills in children learning English as an Additional Language - For project details and application information please visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/hcs/jobs

School of Health and Related Research

Funded PhD Studentship opportunity with ScHARR within the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Yorkshire & Humber (CLAHRC Y&H) programme. Deadline for applications is 6 March 2015. For more details click here.

Please see the Faculty Graduate School pages for information on other available projects in Medicine, Dentistry & Health.


Faculty of Science

Department of Animal & Plant Sciences

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Department of Biomedical Science

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Department of Chemistry

NMR screening of small molecule inhibitors targeting endonuclease activity of an ER stress sensor Ire1 - 4-year fully funded PhD scholarship at the University of Sheffield and University of Leeds, supervised by Professor Beining Chen and Dr Anastasia Zhuravleva.

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Department of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

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Department of Physics & Astronomy

Two PhD opportunities with the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training for New and Sustainable Photovoltaics

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Department of Psychology

An ESRC-funded PhD opportunity through the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre - Leaving elite sport: Understanding the determinants of adjustment to retirement. The studentship is a collaboration between Mobius Performance and the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds and will investigate the factors influencing adjustment to retirement from elite sport. Deadline for applications is 4 March 2015.

Current PhD projects in the Department of Psychology 

School of Mathematics & Statistics

Current PhD projects in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics


Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Architecture

Sponsored PhD Opportunity - Design and Infrastructure. A joint PhD programme with the Department of Town and Regional Planning and the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield.

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School of East Asian Studies

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Department of Economics

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School of Education

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Department of Geography

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Information School

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Department of Journalism Studies

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School of Law

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Department of Landscape

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Management School

Building Economies And Resilient Societies (BEARS) PhD Studentship - closing date 11 September 2014.

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Department of Politics

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Department of Sociological Studies

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Department of Town & Regional Planning

Sponsored PhD Opportunity - Design and Infrastructure. A joint PhD programme with the Department of Town and Regional Planning and the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield.

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