Why Sheffield?


The best Information School there is

The first Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) took place in 1986 and the Information School has achieved the highest ranking in every Research Assessment Exercise since 1986. No other department in our field can match this. 

In 2014, the Information School achieved top positions in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for research environment and for the impact of our research, based on the combined 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) categories. The results show that 100% of our research environment was judged to be of world-leading quality and 100% of our research impact was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Study with us and you'll join the School that's been the UK's leading research centre in information for almost 30 years. 

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

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.

Comprehensive research training

The Information School provides a wide range of training opportunities and experiences, through both the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre and the Doctoral Development Programme.

All PhD students undertake the Doctoral Development Programme (DDP) as part of their research development. The DDP:

  • is a flexible, ongoing training plan that is an integral part of the research degree;
  • is tailored to individual needs by identifying the skills you already have and providing opportunities to improve these and acquire new skills and experience.
  • aims to provide you with a range of skills and competency-based training opportunities orientated both towards your specific study and towards future employment.
  • is student-specific, designed to complement your individual research project and is carried out in agreement between you and your supervisory team.

Teaching opportunities

Our PhD students have the opportunity to undertake teaching on the School's MSc and MA programmes during their time with us.

A world-class University, a unique city

The University of Sheffield is a world-class institution, ranked 71st in the 2013 QS World University Rankings. We are ranked number one in the UK for student satisfaction, were named the THE University of the Year in 2011, and the Students' Union is the best in the UK as well.

Sheffield is the safest, friendliest and most affordable big city to live in in the UK. It's a pulsating, modern city, with more parks and woodland than any other UK city. Find out what it's like to live in Sheffield here.