Postgraduate research

The University of Sheffield is at the forefront of international research in a broad range of subject areas.

PGR students

We have active links with leading global companies, which help provide research and career opportunities for our students.

The University offers a PhD with Integrated Masters. This four-year programme combines a specific research programme with additional skills that give our graduates the advantage in an increasingly competitive world.

Applications for postgraduate research programmes

It is important to apply as early as possible as demand for places on postgraduate research degree programmes often exceeds the number of places available. You do not need to wait for final examination results or references before you apply for a study place.

Applications for these degree programmes must be made using the University's online application system.

There is no application fee to apply for a postgraduate research degree programme including MPhil, PhD or PhD with Integrated Masters programmes. Postgraduate research degree programmes can begin at different times throughout the academic year. The start date has to be agreed with your PhD supervisor.

Find out more about how to apply for a research degree programme.

Entrance requirements

High entrance requirements for Postgraduate Research degree programmes at Sheffield reflect the quality of the University.

The University of Sheffield has been welcoming students from all over the world for many decades and we have a lot of experience in assessing and understanding the many different international qualifications.

As part of our English language requirements, you may be required to take an internationally recognised English language test such as IELTS.

Choose your country or region to get more information on the entry requirements you will need to meet.

MD Research Degrees

An MD is a higher research degree open to eligible medically qualified doctors, with a usual duration of two years minimum for full time study. Please note, if you are a graduate in Medicine and wish to apply for an MD research degree, this can't be done online or by using the PG application form. You must follow the instructions on the School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences webpage.

MD Research Degrees - how to apply

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