Our postgraduate community

As a postgraduate student in the School of English, you are part of a vibrant research community. We are dedicated to ensuring that our postgraduate students are encouraged to learn and work together in a supportive environment.

Four students having a group discussion

Research seminars and guest lectures

We host regular guest lectures and research seminars spanning the breadth of our research themes. You can find details of upcoming events by visiting the websites for our various research centres, or by keeping an eye on your University email inbox.

Research centres


Reading and discussion groups

The School of English is home to several postgraduate-led reading groups and discussion forums. Here are just some of the groups currently active in the School:


Training and development opportunities

Work in Progress (WiP)

Work in Progress (WiP) provides an informal and friendly environment for School of English postgraduate students to present their current work, and to receive feedback. It also gives you the opportunity to hear what your fellow postgraduates are working on. WiP is open to all postgraduate students within the School of English. Follow Work in Progress on Twitter for meeting details and other updates.

Doctoral Development Programme (DDP)

The Doctoral Development Programme (DDP) is a flexible training plan for all doctoral researchers. It helps you progress through your research studies by identifying your existing skills and providing opportunities to further develop your skills and experience. About the Doctoral Development Programme (DDP).


Postgraduate Students’ Society

The Postgraduate Students’ Society (PGSoc)  is an interdisciplinary society run by postgraduate students, for postgraduate students. They host an events, trips, socials and other activities to enable you to meet your fellow postgraduates and settle into life at the University of Sheffield.

Postgraduate Students’ Society


Postgraduate committees

The Postgraduate Committee is a representative student committee within the Students’ Union, which aims to specifically support and represent postgraduate students in both the Students' Union and the University.

We also have our own staff-student postgraduate committee here in the School of English. To find out who your representative is and how you can get involved, check the "Student Staff Committee" section in MOLE, or the noticeboard on Level 5 of Jessop West.

Postgraduate Committee


Other useful links

University research ethics policy

Applying for ethics approval

Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Research Forum


Related information

Information for international applicants

Information for disabled applicants

Undergraduate courses

PhD programmes