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
Interdisciplinary Scholarship Projects


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department of Archaeology

Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Department of History

WRoCAH Network Studentship - Beyond Charlie: Anticlericalism and Freedom of the Press. Deadline: midnight Friday 22 May 2015

School of Languages & Cultures

Department of Music

Department of Philosophy


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

Applications are invited for an Industrial CASE PhD Studentship on Gas Turbine Advanced Control and Monitoring in collaboration with Rolls-Royce plc.  For more information visit:
www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/case-phd-studentship-1.463179

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship on ‘Equipment health monitoring systems for highly specialised and remote systems’ with Rolls-Royce plc.
www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/phd-studentship-1.463178

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Department of Computer Science

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.

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Future Mobile Networks with Solar Energy Harvesting Small Cells

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

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Machining Science

Currently available four-year EngD Studentships.


Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health

Department of Human Communications Sciences

Leverhulme Trust funded Studentship to examine the longitudinal relationships between text processing and literacy acquisition.

School of Health and Related Research

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

Department of Biomedical Science

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.

Department of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

Department of Physics & Astronomy

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

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.

School of Mathematics & Statistics


Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Architecture

School of East Asian Studies

Department of Economics

School of Education

Department of Geography

Information School

Department of Journalism Studies

Scholarship: The design and structure of Journalism Safety Trends (JSTs) data sets as indicators of the safety and risk to the practice of free journalism in hostile environments

School of Law

Department of Landscape

Management School

Department of Sociological Studies

Department of Town & Regional Planning


Interdisciplinary Scholarship Projects

Acting together against climate change

Neuroimaging and Cardiovascular Disease