Prospective postgraduates

PhD opportunities

We provide a vibrant and friendly environment for postgraduate study, offering you the change to carry out research at the cutting edge of physics and astronomy. We have highly active research groups in a wide range of areas, from fundamental to applied physics, and have an international reputation for the quality of our research (UK top ten for research output, Research Excellence Framework 2014).


On the page below, you can find details of PhD projects that are currently available in Physics and Astronomy.



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

Funding your PhD


When you have found a project you want to apply for, you can apply using the University of Sheffield's online application form.

Postgraduate online application form

How to apply: applying essentials


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

Telephone: +44 (0)114 22 23789


Post: Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Sheffield, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield, S3 7RH, United Kingdom

You can also visit us throughout the year:

Postgraduate open days, visit afternoons and online chats

About our research

If you have your own idea for a PhD project, you can find a potential supervisor by visiting our research webpages. Contact a member of academic staff to find out about PhD opportunities in their area.