Are you interested in studying for a PhD in Computer Science at one of the UK's leading universities?

We have a reputation for high research standards and publish much of our work in the most prestigious international journals and leading conferences. Many of our academics are leaders in their field. This has been acknowledged by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework in which 92% of our research work was rated either world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. We are a Top 5 Computer Science department in the UK. Our research is innovative, interdisciplinary and at the interfaces with the life sciences, engineering, mathematics or linguistics.

Our department is truly international with academics, researchers and students from all over the world and a thriving research environment with more than 80 full-time and more than 20 part-time PhD students, most of them working in the software industry. Our Alumni have pursued academic and industrial careers around the globe. Our department is part of a top UK University; it is situated in one of the greenest cities of Europe at the border of the beautiful Peak District National Park.

PhD with Integrated Studies

The standard UK PhD programme is based on 3 years research, but we also offer a PhD with Integrated Studies, which is a 4 year programme involving a taught element.

More about the PhD with Integrated Studies

Research training programme

All Sheffield research students take a programme where the university provides you with the skills, competencies and wider subject based training necessary to complete your research.

You can find out more about being a research student at this University from the central University pages for prospective research students:

General information for prospective research students (main University website)

How to apply

We are looking for highly motivated applicants with a very good degree in Computer Science or another relevant subject in Science or Engineering. Most of our PhD students start in September or October, but entry is possible at any time. We offer an excellent international and interdisciplinary research environment and a dedicated PhD Programme that includes training, mentoring and a wide range of scientific and social activities.

The application process

Full details of the application process.

The department offer a range of highly competitive studentships to top applicants with strong research proposals. The University also provide a number of scholarships. If you have further questions, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions office.