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


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

PhD Studentship in Robust Design Optimization

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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

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Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Industrially sponsored PhD Studentship in Theory/Simulation with National Nuclear Laboratory - available immediately

Industrial CASE Studentship with Johnson Matthey - Glass coatings for Automobile Application

EPSRC Studentship - available immediately - 'Simulating the nucleation and growth of biominerals'

Industrial CASE Studentship with Sarantel Ltd - available immediately - 'High permittivity ceramics for dielectrically loaded antennas'

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

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Abrasive Tipping of Aero-Engine Compressor Blades - funded PhD in collaboration with Rolls-Royce - supervisor: Dr Matt Marshall.

Study of deformation and failure mechanisms of spot welds in Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) for automotive applications - EPSRC Industrial CASE Award - With Tata Steel- Supervisors: Dr H Ghadbeigi & Dr C Pinna

Mechanistic Biology - Supervisor: Dr Jason King - Department of Biomedical Science with Dr Cecile Perrault - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Modelling paediatric bones - Main supervisor: Dr Xinshan Li, Co-supervisor: Professor Marco Viceconti

High Speed 3D Studies of the Biomechanics of Skin Friction - funded studentship supervised by Dr Roger Lewis, Dr Steve Matcher, Dr Matt Carré.

Natural Composites - investigating the potential for locally bio-sourced materials for integration into high tech composites with an aim towards a sustainable and mechanically comparable replacement for synthetic chopped strand matt - Dr Chris Holland, Prof. Patrick Fairclough

Understanding stress transfer in Manufactured Composite systems - Prof. Nigel Clarke, Prof. Patrick Fairclough

Other available projects in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Machining Science

Currently available four-year EngD Studentships.


Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health

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

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Department of Psychology

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

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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

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