How to apply for a PhD

The School of Education will help you develop your studies onto the doctoral level.

Postgraduate students in the School of Education

Apply online

All applications for our PhD programme can be made through our online application system.

Online application

Entry requirements

You will need a first degree which is equivalent to a UK classification of an upper second, or better, and a masters degree which is equivalent to a UK mark of 65% or above. Candidates with other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

Tips for your PhD application

Your application 

The School of Education encourages PhD applications which correspond to the research interests and expertise of staff - we can then offer high-quality supervision in your chosen field. 

We welcome applications for PhD study on both a full-time (3 year) or part-time (6 year) basis.

Please look at our staff profiles and research specialisms before applying. Information relating to our research themes can be found here on the Research pages.

If you are interested in applying to study at Sheffield and have an idea of who you would ideally like to work with, indicate this on the application form where it asks for a proposed supervisor. You are welcome to contact staff directly to discuss your research ideas, though we recommend that you acquaint yourself first with their research work and demonstrate a good understanding of how your research project might align with their expertise.

You should apply with a research proposal, 500-1,000 words. This must include:

  • A title that accurately describes your research focus.
  • A brief identification of the field in which your study would be located and of the contribution your research might make to that field.
  • Your research aims and questions.
  • Your first thoughts about the methods and the kinds of sources you are likely to use.

    More advice on your application can be found on our central PhD webpages.

    Applications usually take between 6 and 8 weeks to be considered, though at certain times of year, this timeframe may be exceeded. If you do not hear from us within 10 weeks, please do feel free to get in touch with

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