The University of Sheffield has the highest concentration of internationally-recognised animal and plant science researchers in the UK. In the last Research Excellence Framework, more than 90% of science research at the University of Sheffield was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.
Our academic staff support postgraduate researchers from all over the world, and we currently have doctoral research students from countries including China, France, Iran, Japan, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and the USA.
The University of Sheffield's webpages contain lots more information about what makes Sheffield a great place to study, how we'll help you settle in and the support that is available throughout your degree. There is also information about English language requirements, visa requirements, funding opportunities and other information specific to your country.
Applying for your PhD
The PhD opportunities listed on our 'Projects' page are available to students from anywhere in the world, unless the description says that this is not the case. Once you have identified a potential project and supervisor, please complete the University's postgraduate online application form to apply. It is a good idea to contact the supervisor of any PhD opportunity you want to apply for, before you submit your application.
If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should tell us this in the form. You should also include any information you have about funding that you are applying for separately, or that you have in place already.
Please note that the funding opportunities listed on our 'Funding your PhD' page may have specific eligibility requirements, so make sure that you are eligible for any scholarships you are applying for as part of your application.
A full explanation of how to complete the form, including details of the supporting documents you will need to submit, is given on the University's webpages for postgraduate students.
If you have studied at a university in the UK, we usually ask for a first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. However, we can also accept qualifications from many other countries. You can find out which qualifications we accept from your country on the University's webpages for international students.
English language requirements
If you have not already studied in a country where English is the majority language, it is likely that you will need to have an English language qualification. We usually ask for:
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
Overall grade of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component (for students starting from 1 September 2019)
You can find out whether you need to have an English language qualification, and which other English language qualifications we accept, on the University's webpages for international students.
The English Language Teaching Centre offers English language courses for students who are preparing to study at the University of Sheffield.
Fees and funding
Up-to-date tuition fees can be found on the University's webpages for international students.
Some of the PhD opportunities listed on our 'Projects' page may come with specific funding to cover your tuition fees and living expenses. If you successfully apply for one of these projects, and you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically awarded the funding. Make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements before you submit your application.
If a project does not come with specific funding, you may be awarded a scholarship after you have submitted your application. Visit our 'Funding your PhD' page to find out about the different scholarships that are available, and let us know if you wish to be considered for a scholarship by including this in your application form. Make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements for any scholarships you wish to apply for before you submit your application.
It is a good idea to contact the supervisor of any PhD opportunity you want to apply for, before you submit your application, as they may be able to advise you on other sources of funding. We also accept applications from students who are applying for funding separately, or have funding in place already.
"I found it very easy to settle into my personal and scientific life in Sheffield... The department is very friendly and I really like living in Sheffield because it is so close to the Peak District."
Xiaojia Yin, China
"The department is very nice and exceeded my expectations as a place to work. My lab is state-of-the-art and there are many people from different scientific and cultural backgrounds."
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