Sheffield is a great place to do a PhD. We have a large and friendly postgraduate community, with students from across the globe. There is a vibrant research culture: our staff offer expertise in a wide range of areas; there are up to a dozen reading groups going at any given time (mainly student-led); students present work in progress at weekly postgraduate seminars and at the annual reading weekend. There are special events for women in philosophy and lots of conferences and other events. Many PhD students are involved in Philosophy in the City, a student-run organization that brings philosophy into local schools and homeless shelters. We have a strong placement record for our graduates. And our building in Victoria Street has plenty of study space, as well as a kitchen for postgraduates.
Full-time: The length of the full-time programme varies between 3-4 years depending on the funder. Individual time limits will be confirmed in the offer letter you receive from the Admissions Team.
Part-time: The length of the part-time programme varies between 6-8 years depending on the funder. Individual time limits will be confirmed in the offer letter you receive from the Admissions Team.
You will need a MA at Distinction level from a UK University or equivalent grade from overseas. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your qualifications.
Admissions decisions are based mainly on:
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Tuition Fees and Funding
The University of Sheffield offers scholarships to PhD students to support their studies and you can also apply for British government (AHRC) funding via the White Rose Consortium (WRoCAH) of which Sheffield is a part. Our funding page gives more details, and you can contact our Funding Advisor Jimmy Lenman email@example.com with any questions.
We welcome disabled students. We're committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that disabled students can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the University's academic and support services. Information for disabled applicants
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How to apply
You are welcome to contact the department to discuss your application, but for formal consideration, you must complete the University's application form.
Your application must consist of:
There are no deadlines as such, however there will be deadlines for the applications you may want to make to the various sources of funding available.
The Department makes every effort to ensure that students receive full support and guidance throughout their studies. You will meet monthly with your primary research supervisor. Each student is also assigned a secondary supervisor, with whom you will meet less frequently, to give you the benefit of a broader range of advice. Meet our current academic staff.
The Department has a lively research culture. Find out more about our research activities.
Staff research areas
We offer our own in-house Philosophy Tutor Training programme for postgraduate research students in the Philosophy Department. This can count towards your Doctoral Development Programme requirements.
The University also offers a range of different DDP modules that include some teacher training.
One of the teaching opportunities PGR students have is as a tutor on the Department’s Level One modules. This opportunity is normally open to all PhD students registered in the Philosophy Department from the second semester of their PhD.
The teaching involves facilitating discussion in the tutorial groups that run alongside and complement lectures. Usually preparation guidance and discussion questions for these tutorials are provided by lecturers, but room is also left for the facilitator’s initiative. Tutors are paid both for preparation time and contact time, and can expect to teach 2-4 groups per week.
Philosophical Problems and Projects
Our PGR students also have the opportunity to design and lead their own module in the latter stages of their PhD. Our Philosophical Problems modules are taught by PhD students on topics related to their research interests. Recent examples of modules designed and taught by our PhD students include "Contemporary Debates in Biology: Sex, Gender, Sexuality & Race" and "Perception, Experience and Agency". Our Philosophical Projects modules provide the opportunity to supervise undergraduate students through a guided reading project of your choosing. These opportunities are optional and subject to availability each year.
For more information on teaching opportunities in the department, contact the Director of Graduate Studies for Research Students Jenny Saul in Spring, or the Director of First Year Studies, Chris Bennett.
The Philosophy Department in Sheffield welcomes international students. Many of our graduate students and many of our staff are from other European countries, Asia and America.
Jingbo is a Chinese PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy.
Meet a selection of our current PhD students.
Our PhD students have a strong placement records. For those seeking academic jobs, the usual first post is as either a postdoctoral researcher or a temporary lecturer/teaching fellow, with permanent posts coming a little later. Our students have secured jobs in the UK at departments like Birmingham,Cambridge,Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Kent, Kings, Leeds, LSE, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Nottingham, Open University, Oxford, Roehampton, Sheffield, and UWE. And they have secured jobs in many countries around the world including Austria, Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. See below for a list of recent PhD topics.
Particular placement information for our graduates can be found by following the links to their personal websites, where available.
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: +44 (0) 114 222 0587.