Applying for and Funding your Postgraduate Research Degree

The application process

The first step is to review the Department’s staff profiles, research centres, and research interests to identify possible supervisors and intellectual support networks available. This will be important for when you apply for a place and write a Research Proposal.  Usually, students are expected to identify and formulate their own proposed research topic based on their specific interests and the academic support available from the Department.  However, some funded PhD places are available where the funder has specified the subject area and topic of the PhD they will sponsor and we advertise these opportunities on the Archaeology Home Page and the Postgraduate Research Home Page.

Searchable list of funded PhDs available at Sheffield.

Click here for the University's online application form for postgraduate research students.

Applying for a PhD

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for PhD study are a good (usually first class) degree and a good pass (merit or distinction) at Masters level in a relevant subject area.  Non-native English speakers are also required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

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Your research proposal

You will be required to present a written expression of your intended research and methodology, your research proposal.  This is the most important document in your PhD application so you should ensure you take the time to develop and write it.  See our guide to putting together your research proposal for further information about how to write this document.

Other documents required

In addition to your research proposal, you will also need to provide the following documentation:

• Proof of you undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (qualification, transcripts)
• Two academic references
• English language certificates (EU and International applicants)
• A curriculum vitae

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Funding your research

Application for University funding schemes is now open. The final deadline for submission is Wednesday 23 January 2019 at 17:00 GMT.  Please see the internal deadline below.

Scholarships page

Application for WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentships is now open. The final deadline for submission is Wednesday 23 January 2019 at 17:00 GMT.  Please see the internal deadline below.

WRoCAH website

For University funding schemes and WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentships the internal deadline for submission of your application to the Department for consideration is 4th January 2019. For more information about the process please contact Kevin Kuykendall via

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Further information on fee levels

For information on a range of different ways to fund your PhD, see the University's Postgraduate Research finance page

Information on fees relating to continuation, submission and resubmission

There is a loans scheme for PhD study. Visit the Postgraduate Doctoral Loans page

If you would like any further advice on entry requirements or documentation, please do not hesitate to contact the Department and we will be pleased to advise you.

Read the student profile of Krissy Moore, awarded the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Doctoral Academy Award in the Department of Archaeology in 2015