PhD research at Sheffield
We inspire and nurture you to do the research you want to do.
We want you to bring your ideas and your enthusiasm for your chosen discipline and we commit to supporting you throughout your entire research journey.
At Sheffield you become part of a community of outstanding researchers. You'll have access to top facilities and be supervised by world-leading experts in their fields.
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.
As a member of the Russell Group and a world top-100 university, the 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.
We believe that whatever your research interest might be, we have a broad base of expertise to help you realise your ambition.
Visit our research pages to find out why we're top ten for research.
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.
Nobody works alone at Sheffield. We take a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to research in our departments, doctoral training centres and other international centres of excellence. Our online community space provides opportunities to network and share ideas with colleagues across all disciplines.
At Sheffield you are treated as a researcher and a colleague. The quality of our supervision is consistently rated higher than other Russell Group Universities (2013, 2015 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey by the Higher Education Academy) and we help you to get the most out of your PhD, whether it’s organising a conference, future careers advice, training, undertaking an internship or setting up your own business.
With your own tailored Doctoral Development Programme, you will have access to all training at Sheffield. This includes our award-winning Think Ahead framework, providing you with tailored advice and practical help with everything from career planning to interview techniques.
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.
A city of values
The University was founded by the citizens of Sheffield and has been endowed from the start with the best qualities of excellence and innovation, friendliness, independence of thought and a preference for action over rhetoric.
You will see this ethos throughout the University and the city itself. As a true civic university, we focus on what communities are about and why people do things.
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.
Our research gets out there
Our students describe the opportunities Sheffield gives them to share their research – through public engagement, publishing and partnerships with organisations such as the BBC.