Why Sheffield

PhD study at the Management School

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.

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.

Sheffield Management PhD studentWhat is a PhD?

A PhD is an independent piece of research and writing that presents an original contribution to existing knowledge of management.

It is written over three years. The key feature of the PhD is that it is yours: the topic, planning, motivation, and thinking come from you. You have a supervisor who facilitates your progress along the way. A PhD will be the most challenging type of academic work you have ever done; it should also be the most rewarding work you’ve ever done.

Sheffield Management PhD studentsWe are members of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), a significant investment in developing a thriving PGR student community. This centre brings together academics and PhD students from across the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York and provides our students with a wide range of training and networking opportunities. The WRDTC also runs a lively working paper series which you can read more about here.

Postgraduate research provides you with the opportunity to explore your own ideas and develop a range of skills critical to your future. Throughout your PhD studies, you will have access to relevant training and support. Sheffield University Management School PhD students have their own office building situated just over the road from the main school. We currently provide desk space (including a networked computer) for about 70 students, in addition to hot-desking facilities for distance learners. The dedicated building also holds kitchen and meeting spaces. Our PhD students run their own seminar series, publish a working paper series and are encouraged to attend Management School research events.

You can study for a PhD either as a full-time or part-time student. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider entry as a joint-location or distance learning student. To facilitate your PhD studies, you will be required to undertake the Doctoral Development Programme.

Studying a PhD in the Faculty of Social Sciences means you will have access to world class training alongside your doctoral study. Our Social Sciences Doctoral Training programme is tailored to your individual needs to ensure you have the right skills you need to develop your research. Find out more.

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD with us and would like to organise a visit please contact our Postgraduate Research Admissions Officer.

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PhD training in the Faculty of Social Sciences

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

ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership

PhD students at the Management School have excellent opportunities for research training and development. The ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership for the social sciences ensures that our students benefit from enhanced opportunities for training, networking and building a research community within their discipline across the White Rose universities of Sheffield, York and Leeds.

Doctoral research training is structured around identifying individual training needs and a Doctoral Development Programme – noted positively by the QAA – whereby all students follow a programme of core training in social science, supplemented by advanced and specialist modules offered within the school, faculty, university and White Rose network tailored to individual needs. Students also benefit from the specialist research training delivered through the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI), a collaborative endeavour between universities in the north of England for the training and development of doctoral students and early career researchers, and benefit from access to the rich Think Ahead framework of support.

Our students also receive an integrated introduction; different elements of induction are covered at DTC, school and university level.

Our reputation and rankings
  • Our Triple Crown accreditation places Sheffield University Management School in the top one per cent of business schools in the world
  • Sheffield University Management School was ranked at 14th in REF2014 (Research Excellence Framework, December 2014). Eighty-one per cent of our research is considered world leading or internationally excellent, and we are top five in the Russell Group for Research Impact
  • The Sunday Times University Guide 2014 lists Sheffield at 18th in the UK. This league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, teaching and research quality, degree results achieved, student-staff ratios and graduate unemployment levels
  • The QS World University rankings rate Sheffield at 80th in 2015/16
  • The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015/16 position the university at 18th in the UK and 97th in the world
Events and networking

Sheffield University Management School activitely supports a thriving student community, including a doctoral seminar series, research dissemination and methods streams, a regular newsletter, webpage, and peer-reviewed working paper series. We regularly encourage our PGR students to engage in networking events, internally and externally, joint conferences, seminars and the working paper series.

The University of Sheffield is a truly international environment with nearly 25,000 students from 117 countries. With a history stretching back to 1879, it is one of the UK’s leading universities and, as part of the Russell Group, is renowned for its research excellence. Student and staff numbers have increased alongside our academic reputation and all benefit from our exceptional reputation for internationally-renowned research.

The city

Sheffield offers a low cost of living but a very high quality of life. Its proximity to the Peak District and position in the centre of the country (London by train is around two hours) means that our students enjoy the best of both worlds. It is a friendly, tolerant, safe and welcoming city where we are confident that you will be very happy. A thriving cultural scene and the availability of outdoor activities close to campus lead students to enjoy an active, varied life when they are not studying.

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The University of Sheffield's Research Student Proposition outlines what PGR students can expect from Sheffield, and what Sheffield expects in return. It was published in 2012, and each discipline benchmarks itself against the proposition.