SUMS PhD how to apply entry reqs

The application process


Sheffield University Management School offers you the opportunity to study for a PhD in a stimulating and rewarding collegiate environment, committed to delivering an outstanding student experience and impactful socially-responsible research.

Our research has a global reputation. It influences policy, changes lives and helps us to understand the world so we can make it better. Our focus is on sustainability and social responsibility, and in developing a vibrant research culture with staff and students from all around the world we nurture the next generation of management academics.

As part of our active research environment you will receive outstanding supervision from talented academics producing intellectually rigorous and leading research in their respective areas.

Entry requirements
  • An undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a UK classification of upper second class honours or above.
  • A masters level qualification of merit or above, with a minimum of 60 per cent in the dissertation, research project element or equivalent experience. Professional qualifications can be influential in our decision making but are not usually considered to be an adequate substitute for a Masters degree because they do not ordinarily provide evidence of research skills, if you do not have a masters degree with a substantial research element you may want to consider our MA in Social Research.
  • Our English Language requirement is IELTS at 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or equivalent. Click here for more detailed information, however please be aware that our entry requirements are above the standard minimum listed on these pages.

Fees and Funding

Information on course fees for home and overseas students can be found here.

You’ll need to think carefully about how you will fund your PhD and you will need to cover living costs in addition to your tuition fees. There are a number of scholarships available for students interested in studying a PhD at Sheffield. For more information on these and to find out how to apply see here.

How to apply

Before you apply

• You should check that you meet our entry requirements: an undergraduate degree which is 2:1 or equivalent and a Masters level qualification of a merit or above.
• Check that you meet our language requirements: English is your first language, or you have IELTS 7.0 with at least 6.0 in each component.
•Your research proposal is vital to the success of your application and is the best way to demonstrate to your prospective supervisor that your research has originality.Your research proposal should be around 3,000 words in length, more information on writing a research proposal can be found here.
• Identify a member of staff as a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your proposal.

Submitting your application

• Make sure that you have your proof of previous degrees, academic references, English language certificates (if required), research proposal and CV, ready to upload.
• Complete the online application                                                                                   

There are two start dates each academic year.                                                          
01 February 2018 start date
- The full application must have been submitted before 15 November 2017.
01 October 2018 start date - The full application must have been submitted before 15 July 2018.

After you submit your application

• We will check that you meet our entry requirements and then send your application for review by your chosen supervisor/s. If you meet our entry requirements and your chosen supervisors are interested in your proposal we will invite you to an interview, either in person or by Skype. If the interview is successful, we will offer you a place to study with us.

Visit us

If you would like to visit the University and the Management School to find out more about studying a PhD at Sheffield, you can book onto one of our open days here.