In the last Research Excellence Framework, 89% of our research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. Our PhD programme is your chance to join the next generation of world-class researchers in mathematics and statistics.
On the page below, you can find details of the research areas that our department covers. Each research area includes a list of academic staff who work in that field.
If you would like to complete a PhD in mathematics or statistics, it is recommended that you contact a member of staff who works in the area in which you are interested. They will be able to advise you on possible projects and/or funding opportunities.
You can also learn about the kind of PhD projects we supervise by browsing our list of PhD alumni:
There are a number of different ways to fund your PhD. See what options are available to you:
All applications must be made online using the University of Sheffield's online application form. As part of your application, you must name one or more members of academic staff as potential supervisors.
If you would like any more information or have any questions, please contact:
Director of Postgraduate Research
Professor Elizabeth Winstanley
PhD Admissions Advisers
Dr Kirill Mackenzie
Dr Richard Wilkinson
Post: School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Sheffield, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield, S3 7RH, United Kingdom
The MAGIC consortium
Postgraduate mathematics by video
We are a founding member of the MAGIC consortium, which provides postgraduate level mathematics lectures by video conference, shared between 18 universities.
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. Find out more about English language requirements on our webpage for international students:
International students will also need clearance through the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) before you can start your PhD. You will be given more guidance on the ATAS process if you receive an offer of a place.