International and European Union PhD students

Archaeology at Sheffield - International research, international researchers


If you choose to join us as an international PhD student at the University of Sheffield you will be joining a thriving community of over 5000 international students, in the heart of a vibrant and welcoming city.  You'll be living and studying in Sheffield, cradle of the industrial revolution set in the foothills of the Peak District - England's oldest national park - providing you with all the benefits of a major city with beautiful countryside in easy reach.

The Department of Archaeology contributes significantly to the diversity that makes Sheffield such a wonderful place to study.  Many of the Department's staff and researchers are from the EU and further afield.  This is reflected the global reach of our research - as well as a strong presence in European, especially Mediterranean, archaeological research, we also have forged strong links with institutions in the Americas, Africa and China.

As an international or European Union student, you may also be eligible to apply for scholarship funding for your PhD.

International Research

The Department has active research projects across Europe and further afield in Africa and Asia.  Read more about a small sample of our European and International research projects by clicking on the links below.  Full details of all our current research projects can be found in the Research section of our website.

International Researchers

In addition to our international body of teaching staff and postdoctoral researchers who are actively involved in archaeological research across the globe, our postgraduate research students come from a wide range of different countries in Europe and much further afield.  Here, some of our current international PhD students tell us why they chose Sheffield for their PhD studies and what it is like to live and study here:

Sergios Menelaou

Sergios Menelaou


Sergios completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cyprus and then came to Sheffield to study for an MSc in Archaeological Materials.  He decided to remain at Sheffield for his PhD studies because of the interdisciplinary nature of the archaeological research carried out in the Department, its strong background in his specialist research areas of prehistoric Aegean archaeology and ceramic materials analysis.  Sergios' research focuses on the Early Bronze Age Aegean culture and society as evidenced through the archaeological record.  He is particularly interested in the application of scientific analytical techniques to the study of archaeological materials and is writing his thesis on pottery production, consumption and distribution at Heraion on Samos, Greece during the Early Bronze Age.

Sofia Tecce


Sofia completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Buenos Aires before coming to Sheffield to pursue an MSc in Osteoarchaeology and staying on to do her PhD on the origins and evolution of pig domestication in Italy.

"I spent July 2011 as a survey instructor during the first year of the Thornton Abbey dig.  I had a great time and heard good things about Sheffield from the other supervisors, mainly Sheffield postgrads.  In 2012 I applied for the Landscape Archaeology MA to improve my GIS experience, and enjoyed living and studying in Sheffield very much.  Once I'd decided on a PhD, I asked Dr Bob Johnston if he would be interested in supervising me and reviewing my research proposal.  Having a good supervision relationship was very important to me, and a large part of why I decided to apply to Sheffield again."

Krissy Moore


Krissy completed her undergraduate studies at the Australian National University in Canberra and then worked as a consulting archaeologist in New South Wales before coming to the UK on a working holiday to increase her excavation experience which ultimately led her to study for an MA in Landscape Archaeology at Sheffield.  Krissy was awarded the Faculty Studentship to pursue her PhD in Landscape Archaeology at Sheffield.

"As an international student, I found the University of Sheffield to be very welcoming and integrating of all nationalities. The city of Sheffield offers a great balance between beautiful green spaces, a commercial city centre, a good offer of cultural activities and events, and an active nightlife. Finally, the Sheffield community is very welcoming to students, and meeting great people from within and outside the university has definitely enriched my experience here."

Lenore Thompson

Lenore Thompson


Lenore studied at the University of British Columbia as an undergraduate and then received a scholarship to spend two years in Shandong Province in China working as a field archaeologist before coming to Sheffield to complete her Masters studies. 

Lenore originally wasn't considering a PhD but having been encouraged to apply she was awarded the Faculty Scholarship to pursue her doctoral studies here which focus on metal use on the North West coast of Canada.  Lenore is using X-ray fluorescence to analyse the impact of colonialism on the artefacts of Canada's indigenous people the 'First Nations'.  Ultimately she aims to give the knowledge gained through her research back to the First Nations community and would like to work for a company that is involved with preserving the heritage of the First Nations on her return to Canada following the completion of her PhD.

Sam Garwood

Sam Garwood

United States of America

Sam, originally from a village in Michigan, carried out her undergraduate studies in History at Bard College in upstate New York.  After graduation, she spent two years working for american volunteering organisation AmeriCorps, where she enjoyed organising outdoor educational activities. On deciding to return to University to continue her education, Sam sought a course in medieval and post-medieval Europe and, having enjoyed the practical nature of her work in outdoor education, decided to pursue the MA in European Historical Archaeology at Sheffield, since she knew of the Department's strong reputation and that the course would offer her that practical hands-on experience she was seeking. 

Following her MA, Sam chose to remain a Sheffield to study for her PhD and was awarded the Faculty Scholarship.  Sam's research focuses on glass objects from shipwrecks along the Adriatic coast in the 16th and 17th centuries, and specifically what these objects can tell us about both the cultures that produced them and about trade relationships between Venice and the Ottoman Empire. While at Sheffield, Sam has enjoyed getting fully involved in the life of the Department.  She has been Copy Editor for the Graduate publication Assemblage and the organiser of the Tuesday Lunchtime Lecture series.  She has also been involved in community archaeology through the Archaeology in the City outreach programme and has tutored First Year students.