PhD study

Our PhD students are active researchers working in a thriving and dynamic research community.

Our research community

Our research ethos underpins and stimulating and dynamic environment in which to study. You'll be joining a community of world-leading researchers who are pushing the boundaries of literary and linguistic study. 

We have experts specialising in literature, language, linguistics, theatre, film and creative writing. We also have the largest group of researchers in the UK working on the intersection of language and literature.

The interdisciplinary nature of the School of English provides unique opportunities for cross-departmental and collaborative research.

We are currently ranked the number 1 English department in the UK for research environment (UK Research Excellence Framework 2014). 

Our research

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How to apply

The following information will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to apply for your PhD with us:

Find a supervisor

Once you know what you would like to study, it’s important to find a supervisor who is an expert in the area, and who can guide you through the three-year programme. 

Find a supervisor

Research proposal

Every PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield is required to submit a research proposal prior to acceptance onto the programme. 

Research proposal

Application process

To apply to study for a PhD with us, you will need to make a formal application using the University of Sheffield’s online application form. 

How to apply

Scholarships and funding

There are several different scholarship and funding options available to PhD candidates interested in studying at the School of English. Some of these are provided by the University of Sheffield, and others are offered by external funding bodies. Please see our page on PhD Scholarships for details about the various opportunities, including how to apply and application deadlines.

PhD scholarships


PhD profiles

Find out from our students what it's like to live, study and work in Sheffield.

PhD profiles


Join our research community

Study for your PhD at the number 1 ranked English department in the UK for research environment (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Become a PhD researcher