Our global reputation for excellence attracts the brightest minds from around the world. There are around 2,000 PhD students here, from over 100 different countries. We're a Home Office-recognised Tier 4 Sponsor and we're fully compliant with government immigration requirements.
Take the challenge
Our success depends on our PhD students. You'll join talented students from the UK and around the world, and have the support of internationally renowned experts. Being at a leading research university also means you'll have access to the best facilities.
PhD student life at Sheffield
Our students describe what makes doing a PhD at Sheffield special, including fantastic support, world-class research facilities and opportunities to network with colleagues from all over the world.
We offer free English language training courses for all our PhD students, so you can improve your skills while you study. You can take up to two 90-minute classes each week.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your course, you might be able to come to Sheffield and study at our English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC). We run full-time pre-entry courses throughout the year designed to help you reach your target level. You can take the IELTS or University of Sheffield English Proficiency test.
Getting here, settling in
Get in touch with our experts at the International Office if you'd like to know more about any aspect of coming to study at Sheffield. Or meet them in person – the team visits countries all over the world to talk to people about taking a PhD at Sheffield.
There are around 5,000 international students at the University, from 125 different countries and many faith backgrounds. We have prayer rooms and a multifaith chaplaincy representing all the major religions on campus. There is also a room for prayer, worship, quiet reflection and meditation.
Other routes to a PhD
PhDs with Integrated Studies
Some of our departments offer PhDs with Integrated Studies, which means you spend an initial year taking taught modules and a short research project, so you learn the research skills you'll need before progressing to a PhD.
Check department web pages for the latest course details.
Masters degree by research
Some of our departments offer a one-year masters of research – an MRes, MSc(Res) or an MA with a research track. You'll carry out an in-depth research project, so it's ideal preparation for further postgraduate research. Check our taught courses A-Z for details.
Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs)
Our DTCs combine research with skills training. They offer you the chance to work on some of the major challenges facing the world today.
Current opportunities are shown on our Doctoral Training Centre website.