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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.

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 plus one year writing up or six years part-time plus two years writing up. Start dates available 1 October or 1 March each year.        

Funded Studentship available on Research Reliability and Reproducibility, closing date 1 November 2019.  Click here for more information and how to apply                           

PGR Student Loans more details 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, neuroscience or a related discipline appropriate for your PhD proposal. 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 6.5 (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. A Faculty Showcase event to present a poster is held each year in March for Year 2 students to present.

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 you a further opportunity to talk about what you're working on and where your research is heading.