Applications and Funding

Details and links to scholarships, applications and entry requirements can be found below.

Funding routesScholarships and funding

Scholarships from the University of Sheffield and external sources are available for new postgraduate research students to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. Find out more by clicking here.

Many funded PhD projects are available throughout the year, further details can be found on the University PhD Projects Directory.

Supervisors/departments will be able to advise on further funding opportunities

Faculty of Engineering Scholarship Terms and Conditions


How to Apply

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form which makes the whole process quick and easy. Please make sure you read our advice on start dates and entry requirements below.

If you need advice on preparing your research proposal, please click on the link to view our handy guide.

Cohort Start Dates

The University of Sheffield Engineering Graduate School offers an enhanced induction programme and supports a larger community of researchers. You will become part of this community and will be able to share experiences and provide mutual support.

To maximise these advantages for your PhD experience at Sheffield, we operate a policy of cohort recruitment. This means that we would prefer you to start at the beginning of Semester 1 (late September) or Semester 2 (early February).

Our preferred start dates for 2017-18 and 2018-19 are as follows:

  • Semester 2 2018-19 (4th February 2019)
  • Semester 1 2019-20 (30th September 2019)
  • Semester 2 2019-20 (10th February 2020)

If the fixed dates are not convenient for you, you may choose an alternative date, which will require the approval of the Departmental Postgraduate Admissions Tutor.

Entry Requirements

We generally require:

1. A good undergraduate Honours degree (UK 2:1 or better) or MSc (Merit or Distinction) in a relevant science or engineering subject. Please refer to guidance on equivalent qualifications provided by the International Office.

2. Evidence of potential to carry out a research study successfully. This may come from any of the following: excellent marks in a substantial research project/dissertation undertaken as part of your UG or PGT course; academic references that clearly demonstrate your strengths as an independent researcher; and/or authorship of academic papers in internationally recognised journals or conferences.

3. An approved English Language Qualification. Please click here to find out more

You can find out more about what to do if you're an international student here: International Students.