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How to apply: applying essentials

This page provides key information about applying for postgraduate research at Sheffield, and contains links to all of our procedures and Admissions policies. Please take the time to read this information before completing your application.

Before you apply

Before you apply for postgraduate research you should contact the academic department you are interested in to check that they have an appropriately qualified supervisor in the area you wish to study. You can find information about the research areas available at Sheffield, and links to departmental contacts, on our Find a PhD page:

Find a PhD

Information about academic entry requirements is available from the department in which your research is based. Entry requirements vary depending on what you study: some subjects require a Masters degree, others ask for a good undergraduate degree (a 2:1 or a First). Links to departmental webpages are provided on the Find a PhD webpage:

Academic departments

A full list of our formal policies relating to Admissions is available on our Policies webpages. This includes our Student Admissions Policy and our minimum English language requirements.

Our policies

English language requirements


You can apply for postgraduate research using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. You can find information about how to do this, and a link to the form, on our Applying page:

Apply for postgraduate research

You can find information about the documents you should include to support your application, and how to supply these, in our Supporting Documents guidance:

Supporting documents

Although we recommend you start in September/October, it is usually possible to start postgraduate research at any point in the year. Therefore in most cases there are no specific deadlines for submitting your application. You can state your preferred start date on your application, although this will need to be confirmed by the academic department.

You should leave yourself plenty of time between applying and your start date in which to make arrangements to come to Sheffield if we make you an offer, particularly if you are an International applicant and will need to arrange a student visa.

After you apply

You can find out what happens after you have submitted your application on our After You Apply webpages. When we have made a decision on your application we will send you an email to tell you what that decision is and what you need to do next.

After you apply

If you will need a visa to study in the UK, you can find more information about when and how we will arrange your CAS number on our CAS Application webpages:

CAS application

Further information

If you have any further questions about the University and applying to study with us, please Ask Sheffield.

We wish you the best of luck with your application.

Tips on how to apply

Staff and students share their advice on applying for a PhD at Sheffield, including what makes a strong research proposal.