PhD opportunities

We provide a rich intellectual environment and excellent research facilities for our research students. As a PhD student you will become a member of our research community.

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Our academic and research staff are world leaders in the study of robotics, signal processing and intelligent systems. ACSE is ranked 1st in the UK for research output. (REF 2014). 


Find a supervisor

You can search our directory and find out more about our research supervisors and their research interests. 

Find a supervisor


Research Funding and Scholarships

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering will be offering a number of scholarships to prospective research students commencing their studies in September 2021. Applications for these PhD scholarships are now open to UK / EU / international applicants. The scholarships will cover University tuition fees and a grant for living costs. The closing date is Friday 26th February 2021 at 17:00 GMT.

Exceptional candidates are encouraged to apply for one of our doctoral studies scholarships. Please note that the scholarship application is different from the PhD application and needs to be completed separately. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Apply for an ACSE PhD Scholarship


University funding opportunities

The University of Sheffield invests heavily in the development of our postgraduate community. There are many other University funded schemes available. Help and advice about where to look, depending upon whether you are a UK, EU or international applicant is available here.

Many charities, foundations and trusts provide funding for postgraduate study, from small grants to full scholarships.

See our external funding page for a list of funding bodies and search sites which may help you to find other scholarships.


Explore our PhD project directory

Scroll down to view a list of available projects, or you can conduct your own new search.


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