PhD opportunities

Our PhD programme is your chance to join the next generation of world-class researchers in mathematics and statistics, to contribute to knowledge and develop transferable research skills.


We recognise barriers faced by under-represented groups, and encourage enquiries or applications from all qualified students with a love of mathematics and a strong desire to explore it further, as part of a welcoming and inclusive community.

Advice for PhD applicants

PhD student profiles

Our Research pages list the research interests and contact details of our academic staff: you can use these to get in touch and discuss PhD opportunities and potential projects in their field, some of which may be listed below.

You can also view past PhD projects to find out more about the kind of topics you can study in Sheffield.

Projects may come with specific funding (for example, from a research council or Centre for Doctoral Training) to cover your tuition fees and living expenses. More often, this is not the case, but you may be able to apply for a scholarship.

Once you have found a supervisor you wish to study with, find out how to apply.

The Departments of Automatic and Systems Control Engineering, and of Materials Science Engineering, also have researchers with expertise in a wide range of mathematical areas, and PhD projects suitable for applicants with a mathematics degree.

PhD opportunities in Automatic and Systems Control Engineering

PhD opportunities in Materials Science Engineering

Entry requirements

We usually ask for either a first class or upper second class (2:1) MMath or MSc degree or equivalent in mathematics, statistics, physics or a related subject. We offer a number of MSc courses in mathematics and statistics, if you do not already have a masters degree.

Our decision on whether to offer you a place will also be based on the research proposal or personal statement you submit, your degree transcripts (and certificates, if available), your masters dissertation/project (if applicable), your CV and academic references (including your masters dissertation/project supervisor, if applicable), and any interviews and additional tasks we ask you to complete.

All documents need to be provided in English, including transcripts and references.

Students will also need to meet our English language requirements, and international students will need to get clearance through the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). You can find out more on our webpages for international students.


If you would like any more information or have any questions, please email

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