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PhD opportunities

On these webpages you can find out about current PhD opportunities in Psychology, how to get in touch if you have your own idea for a project, and what funding opportunities are available to you.


On the page below, you can find details of PhD projects that are currently available in Psychology.


Before you start your PhD, you can complete a one-year masters degree to improve your scientific and research skills:


Applications now open for funding positions to start 1 October 2019 - closing date 5pm Wednesday 23 January 2019.

There are a number of different ways to fund your PhD. See what options are available to you:

Funding your PhD


When you have found a project you want to apply for, you can apply using the University of Sheffield's online application form.

Postgraduate online application form

How to apply: applying essentials


If you would like any more information or have any questions, please contact Postgraduate Research Admissions:

Telephone: +44 (0)114 2226515 Mon-Wed or +44 (0)114 2226583 Wed-Fri

Email: psy-pg-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

Post: Postgraduate Research Admissions, Department of Psychology, 1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield S1 2LT, United Kingdom

You can also visit us throughout the year:

Postgraduate open days, visit afternoons and online chats

About our research

If you have your own idea for a PhD project, you can find a potential supervisor by visiting our research webpages. Contact a member of academic staff to find out about PhD opportunities in their area.


Find out more about the research of our current students

The decision to complete my PhD at the University of Sheffield was one of the best decisions in my academic career.

Patrycja J. Piotrowska
Postdoctoral Research Associate
The University of Sydney

More than 80% of our research is rated as world leading or internationally excellent, Research Excellence Framework 2014

PhD full-time programme code: PSYR31; part-time programme code: PSYR41
Duration: Three years full-time or six years part-time. General start date is 1 October each year but this is flexible.                                       


DiMeN Full Scholarships available in competition with a closing date 21 January 2019

PGR Student Loans commence 1 August 2018 click here

Academic requirements

We ask for a good honours degree of 2:1 or above and generally a masters (merit or distinction) in Psychology or a related discipline. We welcome applications from applicants currently studying for their masters degree. In this case, if we decide to make an offer, this offer will be conditional on the results of the masters.

English language requirements

A good command of the English language is essential for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your language ability. In all cases the English language test should have been taken within the preceding two years. Our standard English requirement is a minimum IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6 in each part) – or equivalent (please see here for alternative acceptable qualifications). Additional evidence may be requested and judged at the discretion of the admissions tutor.

Our world class team of academics are dedicated to training up the next generation of psychology researchers. As a PhD student you will be assigned at least two supervisors, one of whom will have overall responsibility for helping you with your research.

You will have your own computer and desk in a shared office. There are also a variety of well-equipped labs, suitable for your area of research. The Department and University provide funds to help you to attend conferences at home and abroad and we encourage you to submit your research for publication and to leading conferences.

Every year we hold a postgraduate conference at which each postgraduate presents their work to a supportive and helpful audience of fellow postgraduates and members of staff. The conference is a major departmental event and a stimulating arena for you to try out your ideas and practice your presentation skills.

You will have at least one meeting per year with the team in charge of postgraduate affairs and your supervisors, to discuss your programme of research and review progress. This gives youa further opportunity to talk about what you're working on and where your research is heading.