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Our students

At Sheffield we offer a stimulating, friendly and informal study environment for our PhD students. We have a thriving research community and we actively encourage our students to make the most of their time at Sheffield by getting involved in our research activities and events, as well as organising their own. Find out more about what our students think below. 

Current student research

Find out more about the research of our current students by supervisor or by period.

Find a supervisor

Explore our staff research areas by specialism, period or location. 

Research culture

Find out more about our research events.


"The program is very flexible and provide a research student with a lot of opportunities in teaching, languages learning, participating in social and research events."

"This department provides a community of researchers that inspire and support each other."

"There are many training opportunities (e.g. language training or a course on public speaking) to work on particular aspects of your academic development."

"Working with my current supervisor in what I knew to be a Department with an excellent research environment was a big factor in my decision to study at Sheffield."

"Regular events such as departmental research seminars mean there are lots of opportunities to engage with the work other others, and to get feedback on your research."

"I have joined the Modern History Discussion Group which provides the opportunity to discuss and share ideas with other students working in a similar time-period to my own."

"As an Americanist I was looking for a vibrant department with an established and reputable record of research in the field of American history - Sheffield has these credentials in abundance"

"The dedication and interest of staff and students is reflected in the way medieval history is researched, taught and supervised at Sheffield. Overall my experience has been a highly positive one."

"Sheffield has a dynamic research community and for medievalists, the Medieval and Ancient Research Seminar series brings distinguished scholars to Sheffield, which is a fantastic forum to get feedback on your work."