The doctoral academy

The Doctoral Academy: Bringing great minds together

As a PhD student at the University of Sheffield you are part of our Doctoral Academy. You're welcomed into a supportive community and treated as a colleague. You’ll gain free, personalised skills training, expert careers advice and become part of an inspiring, collaborative group of researchers from across the disciplines.

What is it like to be part of the Sheffield Doctoral Academy?

This welcome video will give you a sneak preview into life as PhD student at Sheffield.

One of our current PhD students describes the opportunities and support you have at Sheffield and why the research community here is so inspiring and friendly.

Our expertise

99% of Sheffield staff who took part in the last Research Excellence Framework were involved in internationally recognised, internationally excellent or world-leading research. We use our research power to tackle big problems: global issues such as climate change and sustainable development; national concerns such as how to make our society fairer for everyone.

How we rate

Videos: research with impact

Your talent

Our global reputation is down to staff and students working together towards a common goal. If you're ready to do research that matters, we want to hear from you.

What kind of PhD could you apply for?

Find a research opportunity

Research training at our Doctoral Training Centres

Research supervision

The quality of research supervision at the University is consistently rated as better than the Russell Group average (biennial Postgraduate Research Experience Surveys).

Find out about support from your PhD supervisor at Sheffield.

A collegial atmosphere

Nobody works alone at Sheffield. We take a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to research. You’ll be able to network and share ideas with colleagues across all disciplines. We have the Doctoral Academy virtual community website, which is designed for this. We also have a student-run society, Progress, and a postgraduate network led by students, Cafe Forum.

Your potential

Our alumni are leaders in their chosen professions. They're thinkers and doers. They have the confidence and the sense of responsibility it takes to make sound judgements, sometimes in tough situations.

Our brilliant PhD students make Sheffield what it is – a research powerhouse, a multidisciplinary community, a place where ideas matter. In return, we give you an all-round experience that enhances your earning potential and inspires you to think big.

Training and developmentLaw PhD student with supervisor

Postgraduate research is a life changing experience: intellectually, professionally and personally. You’ll be supervised by experts and work with researchers who have an international reputation for excellence.

We'll take your individual needs into account to give you the best possible experience. We promise you a structured programme of professional development and quality contact time with your supervisor.

You can also get free English language support from the English Language Training Centre as part of the programme.

Support from your supervisor