PhD study: push the boundaries

We’re looking for people who are as passionate about their subject as we are. This year we are awarding more than 250 full scholarships to PhD students who show exceptional academic achievement and potential.

Projects and funding

Your PhD starts with finding the right subject.

Find a PhD you'll love

The grounds of Firth Court on a sunny day

Our rankings and achievements

We are one of the UK’s leading research universities.

  • A World Top 100 University
    QS World University Rankings 2019

  • Research Excellence Framework
    99% of research submitted is internationally recognised, excellent or world leading Research Excellence Framework 2014

  • Russell Group Top 10 for research output
    Research Excellence Framework 2014

  • 6 Nobel Prize winners
    Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, Sir Harry Kroto, FRS, Sir Richard Roberts, FRS, Lord Porter of Luddenham, OM, FRS, Sir Hans Krebs, FRS and Howard Florey, Baron Florey of Adelaide and Marston, FRS.

  • Our community
    A vibrant community of over 3,500 PhD students and 1,400 supervisors

  • Number 1 in the UK for engineering research income and investment
    Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), 2017–18 financial year


Other scholarships and funding

In addition to the full scholarships covering fees, living expenses and research costs, many students fund their PhD studies through a combination of funding sources, including partial fee scholarships.

Explore the full range of scholarships available


People like you do PhDs

Welcome to the team.

PhD student in architecture studio

I have felt support and enthusiasm from the University’s staff and students. I enjoy the sense of community in the area where I am carrying out my research. The University offers a range of societies, diverse events and training opportunities, which allow you to develop your skills and meet new people.

Maria del Carmen Redondo Bermúdez
PhD in Landscape Architecture; funding: Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures
PhD student smiling outside Firth Court

As a PhD student in Sheffield, I take part in a weekly group meeting to present my work alongside other students and supervisors. We comment on each other’s plans, giving advice and sharing best practice on how to move forward with our research. This regular communication allows us to benefit from the experiences of other projects.
 

Ahmed Bukhari
PhD Medicine; funding: King Abdulaziz University (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Student standing outside in sunshine

I chose to study at Sheffield because of the funding available for my PhD project, which allowed me to research full-time and develop my own placements. I work with an excellent supervisory team who are well-established in their fields, and the department itself is academically rigorous and very supportive. I also have the opportunity to volunteer with the local museum, working with the local community and getting valuable work experience for my career after academia.

Cait Scott
PhD in Archaeology; funding: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership