Training and Events

As part of the Faculty of Social Sciences you will have access to world class training alongside your doctoral study.

Postgraduate students talking outside Elmfield

PhD training in the Faculty of Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Doctoral Training programme is tailored to your individual needs to ensure you have the right skills you need to develop your research.

The 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.

Bespoke methods training is designed and delivered through the Sheffield Methods Institute which has world class research expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods. All our students receive interdisciplinary training and experience opportunities via the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, and additional discipline specific training is provided in each of our departments.


PhD students are encouraged to take part in events organised by our research groups in the School, as well as taking part in PhD presentations and workshops.

There are additional events run by the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University’s Doctoral Academy, and the White Rose consortium (Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York) that will also support your research and wider development.