Research degrees

We have one of the largest concentrations of world leading health services and public health researchers in the UK.

ScHARR is one of the UK's top university departments for postgraduate research studies in the fields of health services research, health economics and public health. You may study for a research degree (PhD or MD in Health and Related Research) on a topic in these areas.

We offer excellent supervision (students have two supervisors) and have outstanding facilities for research students.

The University of Sheffield Scholarships application round will be open from Monday 5 November 2018 for entry in the 2019-20 academic year.
If you are applying with your own research proposal, please ensure that you have discussed your research with a ScHARR supervisor and secured their provisional support for your application. We are unable to shortlist applications that don't have the support of a supervisor. The Find A Supervisor Tool may assist you in identifying prospective supervisors to approach.

The University Postgraduate Research Committee Scholarships in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health will cover Home/EU fees and a stipend. International candidates are welcome to apply but will need to fund the remainder of their fees from alternative sources

ScHARR PGR Students

The School welcomes enquiries at any time from those who wish to study for a research degree. We are happy to discuss research proposals that fall within our main research areas, and to give guidance on the scope and focus of a thesis topic.

Contact us


t: +44 (0)114 222 5454

Possible projects with identified supervisors can be viewed here. These are not funded projects but are a guide to the sort of topics that supervisors might be interested in supervising.

A list of supervisors in ScHARR can be viewed here.

The main areas of research within the School are (click on links to find supervisors working in these areas):

We have expertise in supervising students using a range of methodologies including:

  • controlled trials and quasi-experimental approaches
  • surveys
  • qualitative methods including ethnography
  • decision analytic modelling
  • economic evaluation
  • mixed methods