Our PhD Students



Some of our current students explain why they chose Sheffield and share their experiences of studying for a PhD here


Veronica Testolini


The research environment of the University of Sheffield is very motivating and dynamic.  All the staff are highly qualified and very supportive.  For this reason I applied for a PhD here.

VERONICA testolini, PhD student

Student Louis Olivier Lortie


I feel privileged for having the opportunity to work in a research driven department that gives such an importance to materiality and cross-disciplinarity among numerous researchers.  This is part of why I came here and it is definitely the reason why I stayed.

Louis Olivier Lortie, PhD Student

Tamsyn Fraser


I chose Sheffield due to its reputation for world-leading research, especially in the Archaeology Department.  I feel that the University offers the support I require to develop my research skills and ensure a successful career in academia.  Furthermore, the friendly reputation of both the city and the University were major factors I took into consideration while making my choice.

TAmsyn fraser, Phd student

Yvette Marks


The Department of Archaeology at Sheffield is a vibrant, friendly and motivational family, which I thoroughly enjoy being a part of.  When I arrived as a postgraduate student on my MSc I was made to feel part of the team, providing the perfect environment for me to move forward with my research and career.  The Department offers a good support network not only to carry out your research, but also to help you present your research to colleagues and at conferernces.  I chose to continue researching at Sheffield and to undergo a PhD here, as I had found my home.

yvette marks, phd student



Read profiles of our other PhD students and their work



My Sheffield Story


Lucy Lawrence

Londoner Lucy Lawrence's PhD has a zooarchaeological focus on sheep and goat remains. She has taken part in projects in locations ranging from Manor Lodge, in Sheffield, to Greece and Crete.



Sam Garwood

Sam, from Michigan, is writing a thesis entitled: ‘Christian and Muslim interactions in the Post-Medieval Adriatic: an examination of cultural and economic exchange through the analysis of glass cargo from shipwreck assemblages’.



World Archaeology, international researchers

International PhD students are a key part of our research community, as they bring knowledge and experience from all over the world to strengthen the academic excellence of our department.  Our international PhD students are drawn to studying here because we are one of the UK’s top archaeology departments for teaching, fieldwork, and research, and we have a strong international reputation.  To find out more about the international student experience in Sheffield, see our international PhD students’ page, or visit the University’s international student webpages.