PhD and MPhil Research Degrees in Psychology at Sheffield

PhD Full-time programme code: PSYR31 . Part-time programme code: PSYR41
Duration: Three years Full-time or six years Part-time.  General start date is 1 October each year but this is flexible.

MPhil Full-time programme code: PSYR11 . Part-time programme code: PSYR21
Duration: Two years Full-time or four years Part-time. General start date is 1 October each year but this is flexible.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our research and the opportunities that this gives our Doctoral Research (PhD) Students, here at Sheffield.  See here for 'Our postgraduate student experience'

View our current PhD funding opportunities here


Over 80% of our research is internationally excellent or world-leading in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Research supervision

We offer high quality research and professional training. Our doctoral research (PhD) students have the opportunity to undertake cutting-edge research supervised by internationally acclaimed researchers in a wide-range of research areas. 100% of our staff are research-active and this gives you a large pool of potential supervisors from whom to choose.

As a PhD student you will be assigned at least two supervisors, one of whom will have overall responsibility for helping you with your research.

Research areas

We go for excellence in all areas. Whatever your intended research area - social, health, cognition, development, work, neuroscience, computational neuroscience, brain imaging, clinical, developmental disorders - we have world class research groups, targeted training and tailor-made projects available. View the most recent PhD study opportunities.

Read about staff and their research interests

Read about our current students and their research areas

....or take a look at our Postgraduate Research Brochure (available as a download from the box on the right of this page)

Entry Requirements

PhD:  We ask for a good honours degree of 2:1 or above and generally a masters or pending masters (merit or distinction) in Psychology or a related discipline.

MPhil: We ask for a good honours degree of 2:1 or above in Psychology or a related discipline.

English Language Requirements

A good command of the English language is essential for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your language ability. In all cases the English language test should have been taken within the preceding two years. Our standard English requirement is a minimum IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6 in each part) – or equivalent (please see the link below for alternative acceptable qualifications). Additional evidence may be requested and judged at the discretion of the admissions tutor.

Acceptable English Language Qualifications

Application Procedures

Please see here for details of how to apply to read for a PhD or MPhil.

Fees and funding

Our community

The Department of Psychology has a thriving postgraduate community. This provides a mutually supportive and creative environment in which to carry out your research.

Facilities and resources

Contact our staff, postgraduate students and graduates

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