PhD opportunities

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.

Research areas

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:

Past PhD students in Mathematics and Statistics


There are a number of different ways to fund your PhD. See what options are available to you:

Funding your PhD
See also: Tuition fees


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.

Postgraduate online application form

How to apply: applying essentials

Funded PhD opportunity

How will climate change affect foraging decisions and the evolution of personalities in marine predators?

Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Potts

Learn more at


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

Director of Postgraduate Research

Professor Elizabeth Winstanley
+44 (0)114 222 3796

PhD Admissions Advisers

Dr Kirill Mackenzie
+44 (0)114 222 3745

Dr Timothy Heaton
+44 (0)114 222 3830

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.

MAGIC website

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.

Masters courses

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

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.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)