PhD research at Sheffield

At Sheffield, we're committed to supporting you throughout your entire research journey, to inspire and nurture you to do the research you want to do.

How we rank

  • A world top-100 university (QS World University Rankings)
  • A member of the Russell Group of 24 research-intensive universities
  • Top 10 per cent for research excellence of all UK universities (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • 99% of research at Sheffield was assessed as internationally recognised or better

Our ranking

Research excellence

Our University has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a variety of disciplines. This scale of expertise offers researchers a variety of opportunities for collaboration and supervision.

Our research is world leading. We work closely with our partners to ensure that the work we do delivers economic and societal benefit to the UK and the wider world.

We believe that whatever your research interest might be, we have a broad base of expertise to help you realise your ambition.

Research with impact

What does a PhD involve and where can it lead?

Everything you need to know about doing a PhD – including the types of PhD you can choose from, the training and support that will help you succeed, and the inspiration and support you'll get from your supervisors.


Research support

Our brilliant PhD students make Sheffield what it is – a research powerhouse, a multidisciplinary community, a place where ideas matter. We want you to bring your ideas and your enthusiasm for your chosen discipline. 

Academic expertise

Your supervisor is here to get the best out of you. They will offer advice and work with you to identify the training and development you need to achieve your goals. You’ll be able to benefit from their research expertise and gain new perspectives from your innovative research.

World-class facilities

Our facilities accommodate varied working patterns, contributing to a great work-life balance for Sheffield PhD researchers. You will also have access to a first-class student support infrastructure.

We invest in our physical infrastructure of award-winning library and student facilities, laboratories and industry-ready research centres to ensure that we provide you with the world-class resources you expect from a world top-100 university.

Research collaboration 

Our talented postgraduate researchers are making a significant contribution to global issues, working on projects that are changing the world around us.

We are a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a global higher education and research network made up of 23 universities, spanning 15 countries on five continents.

Research away from the University