Why do your PhD with us?

There are many reasons to undertake a PhD at the Information School at the University of Sheffield. Read a few of them below, and explore the links in the sidebar to find out more.

Facilities

Excellent supervision and support

New students are assigned two academic supervisors, to provide breadth and depth of expertise throughout the programme. The School also has a dedicated research degree support team. You can find out more about our current research students, and their topics, here. You can find our staff list here.

You can also use the University's Find a Supervisor tool to identify potential supervisors for your PhD.

 I chose to stay on in Sheffield having done my master's here because I have experienced excellent supervision and support for my research. I really enjoyed my time here.

Wen-Chin Hsu

Vibrant research culture

We have a vibrant research culture, with regular research seminars from expert speakers from around the world. All PhD students also join one of our seven research groups. These groups meet regularly, giving students the chance to discuss their work and ideas with colleagues and academic staff, and our students run an annual research student conference. Our research culture helps to make the University of Sheffield Information School a great place to study.

Great facilities

When you undertake a research degree with the Information School, you can be assured that you are getting not only world-class supervision, but also exceptional facilities. You can expect to receive a brand new laptop for your exclusive use during your programme of study, and desk space and storage facilities in one of our three dedicated research labs for students based in Sheffield. You will have access to the state-of-the-art iLab facility, and you will be provided with a range of up-to-date software packages, with more specialised software available if required.

Being a University of Sheffield student gives you access to several exceptional quality libraries, including the Information Commons and Western Bank Library. You will have the benefit of a top quality, innovative Careers Service staffed by experts who will listen to and respond to your needs. You will be able to access Wi-fi internet not only throughout the University of Sheffield but also at other university sites around the UK, via the Eduroam system.

Find out more about the University campus facilities, including the Information Commons, libraries and the award-winning Students' Union.

Comprehensive research training

you will have access to world class training alongside your doctoral study. Our Doctoral Training Programme can be tailored to your individual needs to ensure you have the right skills you need to develop your research.

Our training programme is designed to exceed current UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) training and development guidelines, and gives all our social science PhD students access to ESRC-funded White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership cohort activities, regardless of your source of funding.

Our programme enables you to develop skills throughout your PhD study to prepare you for a professional career with research at its core, whether that be in academia, policy or a commercial environment, with an ability to use interdisciplinary insights and approaches to tackle the biggest societal challenges.

I would certainly recommend Sheffield to anyone who looks for a high quality university with a friendly environment.

Yazdan Mansourian

The training is flexible and bespoke to your needs which you will discuss with your PhD supervisor. All training is available to all social science doctoral students.

The training programme has been designed to support the development of your thesis and your skills as a professional researcher. Attending some elements of the training such as Ethics and Integrity is compulsory, but as the training runs alongside your PhD research, there is no requirement to pass elements of the training in order to progress to a PhD.

Our training programme is co-ordinated 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. Sheffield Methods Institute delivers significant elements of the social research methods training, and interdisciplinary and discipline specific training is delivered by the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership and the department you have chosen to study your PhD with.

Teaching opportunities

Our PhD students have the opportunity to undertake teaching on the School's MSc and MA programmes during their time with us. They can also undertake training through the Sheffield Teaching Assistant scheme, and through this will have the opportunity to gain professional recognition as an Associate Fellow or Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA or FHEA).

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