We Are International

European and International Postgraduates

The Sheffield Philosophy Department warmly welcomes all international students.

Here are just a few reasons why Sheffield is a great place to study philosophy.

1. We offer a range of 1 year terminal MA programs and a 3 year PhD program. So you can complete your studies more quickly (and so more cheaply) than in some other education systems.

2. In the most recent UK research excellence rankings, we were rated 2nd in the country for the quality of our published research.

3. It’s quick, easy, and free to apply. There are no deadlines for your course application (only for scholarship applications).

4. We offer research expertise in a wide range of areas, including Ancient Greek philosophy, climate change policy, epistemology, feminist philosophy, German idealism, human rights, meta-ethics, metaphysics, phenomenology, philosophy of language, philosophy of law, philosophical logic, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of race, and political philosophy. See our staff pages for more information on our particular research interests, and our PGR student pages to see what some of our current PhD projects are.

5. Our department has a large friendly graduate community. This includes a large international contingent, with students from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Greece, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Libya, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Switzerland, Spain, and the USA. Our graduates keep busy organizing a wide variety of seminars, conferences, reading groups and other activities. The wider University of Sheffield is a highly-respected, research-led institution with a population of over 25,000 students including more than 6,500 international students from over 115 countries.

6. We have an excellent placement record for our postgraduate students, both in academic programs and posts, and outside of academia. We offer a range of activities and support for students entering the job market.

7. There is a wide range of scholarships available for international students. See the department funding page. There is also information on country-specific scholarships on the international office country pages. For example, there is information on scholarships for students from the USA, Canada and beyond.

8. We offer paid opportunities to gain teaching experience, as well as formal teacher training.

9. Sheffield is home to several research centres and research projects, and also host to a variety of conferences and workshops each year. See our research pages for more information. See in particular the annual "Understanding Value" conferences, organized by our postgraduates.

10. There is a lively International Student Society in the philosophy department. They arrange regular events to welcome and support our international community. We are also home to the Sheffield chapter for MAP (Minorities and Philosophy). Plus the department is in general a sociable community, with regular events such as the reading weekend and Philosophy Rocks.

11. Sheffield is a great city, and also one of the best value places to live and study in the UK. Living costs are 10% lower than the UK national average and 25% lower than London.

Departmental Language ProgrammePhoto of students

The Philosophy Department, in collaboration with the Departmental Language Programme (from the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC)), offers language and academic skills development opportunities for Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught or Postgraduate Research students.

These can be:
● Courses
● Tutorials
● Workshops

The ELTC tutor assigned to your department can help you further improve your language and writing skills within your subject area. For more information, visit the DLP Website.
To sign up for these courses, click here. Alternatively, contact the Philosophy Language Coordinator, Luca Barlassina, l.barlassina@sheffield.ac.uk or the Departmental Language Programme: dlp.eltc@sheffield.ac.uk.


If you'd like any more information, or have any questions, please contact us.

Get in touch

Director of Postgraduate Admissions and Postgraduate Funding Advisor: Jimmy Lenman j.lenman@sheffield.ac.uk

If in doubt: phi-pgadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk