PhD: Study with us

Postgraduate students

What we offer

What we offer 

Study a PhD in the Faculty of Social Sciences and you will join our rich community of researchers, working to answer the most pressing questions of our time.

We are committed to equipping the next generation of research leaders, offering cutting-edge training alongside your core study, enabling you to develop skills throughout your PhD. We work with you to prepare you for a professional career with research at its core, whether that be in academia, policy or industry.

It is coordinated by the Sheffield Methods Institute, a unique organisation at the heart of the Faculty of Social Sciences who specialise in the teaching of social research methods in an interdisciplinary environment.

Our Doctoral Training Programme can be tailored to your individual needs to ensure you have the right skills you need to develop your research.

The programme is designed to exceed current UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) training and development guidelines.

White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership

White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership

We are proud to be a founding member of the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), a collaboration across the social sciences at the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan. It offers a range of ESRC accredited Postgraduate Scholarships.

The WRDTP delivers excellent supervision, first class discipline and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and transferable skills training, and a world-class intellectual environment for postgraduate research students.

It supports PhD students to participate in local, national and international networks of leading academics, non-academic partners, opinion formers, and policy makers.

PhD Profile: Patrick Kaczmarczyk

PhD Profile: Patrick Kaczmarczyk

Patrick PhD

Why Sheffield?

I decided to come to the University of Sheffield mainly because of the excellent fit in supervision, the opportunity to become part of the highly-established Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), and the funding that I was granted by the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership and the Faculty of Social Science.

This scheme provided me with one year of intensive methods training with the Sheffield Methods Institute (SMI) that I could tailor to my individual research interests. Some of these projects and papers have turned out as the basis for blogs that were published up by SPERI, the LSE, and Social Europe.

What I like about Sheffield

What I like most about the University of Sheffield is being part of an interdisciplinary and high-quality research environment. Also, the tremendous support that PGR students receive, both in administrative as well as financial matters is something very unique.

Moreover, in my case, becoming a part of SPERI meant to become an integral part of the institute’s vibrant research community. The atmosphere in the office and the range of expertise I could draw on went beyond my expectations.

Right from the very beginning of my studies I was able to benefit from SPERI’s vast network, infrastructure, and experience, which was of immeasurable value for me as an early career researcher. With the arrival of our new director, Genevieve LeBaron, the opportunities within SPERI and the future of the institute could not be any better.

What I do in my work

In my day-to-day work, I deal with a wide range of issues related to the global political economy. In my PhD, I am looking at the role of transnational corporations (TNCs) in economic development with a focus on Eastern European Integration.

Apart from that, I work on trade and monetary theory, and their implications for development. In my most recent project, I worked together with my co-authors, former director at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Heiner Flassbeck and Hamburg-based economist Michael Paetz, on a comprehensive analysis of economic development in Palestine.

Asked by the Palestinian authorities to find a way of financing the Palestinian deficit, we analysed key economic indicators since 1994 as well as the institutional and regulatory environment. It was a fascinating project as it linked general questions of development, trade, and the role of the state in a setting that cannot be described as anything but sui generis.

Our research insights are currently being discussed in international institutions, such as the United Nations, the IMF, and the World Bank, and from the spring 2019 on, we will approach and brief UK government institutions on our findings and the conclusions for policymaking.

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