How to apply - PhD study

Apply online

You can apply for postgraduate study using our postgraduate online application form:

Postgraduate Online Application Form

The form has comprehensive instructions for you to follow, and pop-up help is available on each page.

Medicine graduates

If you are a graduate in Medicine and wish to apply for an MD research degree, you will need to apply via a different route. To make an MD research application, please visit the Medical School webpages:

Medical School

Completing your application

The form is divided into two parts. Part 1 is for personal information, including English language ability, and previous education and employment. You have to complete all of the mandatory fields in this part (marked with a *) before you can go on to Part 2. Part 2 is where you select the course or courses you want to apply for. You can apply for a total of three different postgraduate courses.

Supporting documents

You will need to include certain documents to support your application, for example evidence of your previous qualifications and a personal statement. You can supply these simply by uploading them to the relevant sections of your online application.

You can find more information about the supporting documents you will need, and how to supply them, on our supporting documents webpage.

Submitting your application

Your application will only be submitted to us when you click the 'Submit Application' button. If you have forgotten to fill in any sections, you will be prompted to go back and complete them at this stage. When you have successfully submitted the completed form, we will confirm this on-screen. You will also then be sent an email confirmation.

If you want to apply for more than one course, you do not need to submit them all at the same time. Each course choice has its own 'Submit Application' button.

If you have any problems completing your online application, please contact us.

After you have applied

When we have created your applicant record, we will send you a second email to confirm this. This email will include your applicant and choice numbers, as well as information about what happens next.

Find more information about what happens after you submit your application, and about preparing to study at the University of Sheffield, on the After You Apply webpage:

After you apply

If you have any questions about the application process or about studying at the University, please visit the Applicant Information Desk.

Applicant Information Desk

Get help with questions you have about the process of applying and the status of your application.

Applicant Information Desk (AiD)