Entry requirements and your application
The School of Education welcomes applications from students who wish to take their studies up to doctoral level. The PhD is primarily for students who already have an area of interest that they would like to pursue.
Research students normally need a first degree which is equivalent to a UK classification of 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.
For students whose first language is not English, the School requires an IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
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.
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'. Please do not contact staff directly about your research application. If you don't know who you would like to work with, leave the section blank on the application form.
We understand that it is difficult to be precise at this stage. Nevertheless, we find it helpful if a proposal includes:
- 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.
Please apply with an initial research proposal of about 500-1,000 words, outlining your research interests and the focus of your study.
More advice on your application can be found on our central PhD webpage.