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PhD programme

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.  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.

The PhD normally takes three years.  You'll normally need an MA or equivalent at distinction level before you start--but do contact us if you have any questions about your qualifications.


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.

Our research

The Department has a lively research culture. Find out more about our research activities.

Research areas our staff work in

Aesthetics Ethics
Metaphysics Feminism
Politics and Law Logic and Language
History of Philosophy Mind and Cognition
Philosophy of Medicine Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
Post-Kantian Philosophy (incl. Idealism, Pragmatism and Phenomenology)


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 Dominic Gregory with any questions.

Staff and current PhD students

Meet our current academic staff and PhD students.

Contact us

For more information, email: or call: +44 (0) 114 222 0587.