Postgraduate research opportunities

Our department is internationally recognised for both the quality of its research and educational provision. Study a research degree with us and you'll become part of a welcoming community, benefiting from the knowledge and experience of leading academics in their field of research. 

PhD/MPhil research degrees

We are seeking applications for studentships in all areas of the Department's research interests available to Home, EU and International applicants.

We offer both full time PhDs and part time study options. Full information on the timing of research degrees is available in the Code of Practice at

If you're keen to tackle the challenges surrounding materials science as well as discover new materials, view our potential research projects.

Advanced Biomedical Materials CDT

Biomedical materials have advanced dramatically over the last 50 years and continue to evolve today. With a rapidly growing and ageing population, there is greater demand for more effective and cost-effective healthcare interventions, and this CDT will train an interdisciplinary cohort of students to compete in this field.

  • Applications for 2019 projects are now open.
  • The closing date for applications is Friday, 15 March 2019.
  • Interviews will take place in April 2019.

Advanced Metallic Systems CDT

Metallics CDTSet up to address the critical shortage of doctoral level metallic material specialists in the UK, the CDT is a partnership between two internationally recognised Centres of Excellence in metallic materials at the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester.

Graduates from physical science and engineering disciplines are trained in fundamental metallurgical science and engineering as well as undertaking an industry sponsored, multi-disciplinary cutting-edge doctoral project through our 4 year programme.

EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy - GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear)

Nuclear CDTCollaborating with Manchester, Lancaster, Leeds and Liverpool Universities, we work with the UK's major industrial and regulatory bodies to develop future research leaders to support the UK's strategic nuclear programmes.

The GREEN CDT was announced in February 2019, and is the third successive CDT that we have been awarded in the area of nuclear energy materials. Please contact us ( if you are interested to learn more about this exciting new programme.

PhD with integrated masters

This option combines a one-year specialised taught MSc programme with a three-year individual research PhD.

We recommend this option for applicants who are specifically seeking a four-year programme, and/or those wishing to enhance their specialist knowledge and skills before commencing their research.

Please note that the transfer from the MSc onto the PhD will require successful completion of the MSc component at the level specified in the offer letter.

Cohort start dates

The Engineering Graduate School (EGS) provides support for both current and prospective students, from applications and funding to developing your career. You will become part of a community and will be able to share experiences and provide mutual support. To maximise these advantages for your PhD experience at Sheffield, we operate a policy of cohort recruitment. This means that we would prefer you to start at the beginning of Semester 1 (late September) or Semester 2 (early February).

Our preferred start dates for 2019-20 are as follows:

  • Semester 1 2019-20 (30th September 2019)
  • Semester 2 2019-20 (10th February 2020)

If the fixed dates are not convenient for you, you may requestan alternative date, which will require the approval of the Departmental Postgraduate Admissions Tutor. 

To find out more about studying for a postgraduate degree in engineering please visit our Engineering Graduate School (EGS)