Entry criteria and how to apply

We offer PhDs and MDs in Health and Related Research. 

You can study either full or part time and remote location and off campus study options are also available.

Entry criteria

Standard PhD

To be considered for entry to a standard PhD programme you need to meet the following entry criteria:

  • Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree
  • Master's degree - good pass/merit
  • IELTS 7.0 (with 6.5 in each component) or equivalent gained within the past two years, if your first language is not English.

You will need to upload evidence of meeting these criteria when you apply.

You also need to supply:

  • a detailed research proposal. We have identified a number of potential research projects. You may also submit proposals for projects that are not on the list but be aware that it may take some time to identify a potential supervisor.
  • two recent academic references from academic staff at institutions where you have studied. If you have been out of education for some time we will accept a reference from your current employer if they can comment on your suitability to study for a higher research degree.

These will be assessed along with the rest of your application to consider your suitability to undertake postgraduate research.

MD

To be considered for entry to the MD programme you must be:

  • a holder of an MBChB degree from the University of Sheffield of at least three years' standing or
  • a recognised graduate in Medicine, with a qualification which confers eligibility for full or provisional registration with the General Medical Council, and a full or part time member of the established or honorary staff of the University of Sheffield or
  • a recognised graduate in Medicine of at least three years' standing with a qualification which confers eligibility for full or provisional registration with the General Medical Council, and a Higher Degree from the University of Sheffield or another University.
  • IELTS 7.0 (with 6.5 in each component) or equivalent gained within the past two years, if your first language is not English.

You also need to supply:

  • a detailed research proposal

Before applying, you need to contact your chosen research group to explore research opportunities and find a supervisor. At least one of your supervisors must be a member of academic staff within the department. 

You will need guaranteed funding for your proposed research. Funding should cover

  • your living expenses and those of any dependents with you
  • tuition fees. If you are a member of staff (established or honorary) you can apply as a staff candidate and will not normally pay tuition fees.

Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD in Public Health, Economics and Decision Science

Admission to this programme is particularly competitive. Disccover more by exploring the Wellcome Trust PhD programme mini-site.

How to apply

Ensure you have all the necessary documentation before you put in an application.

Apply online using the postgraduate application form. You will receive an acknowledgement email within three working days. We will consider your application and aim to make a decision within four working weeks.

If you have already approached supervisors and they have agreed to supervise you, indicate this in your application. If not, we will try to identify supervisors on your behalf. This may mean a decision takes longer than four weeks.

If your application is incomplete we will not be able to assess it. We will contact you to ask you to upload further documents. If you do not respond by the given deadline we will withdraw your application.

email: Post Graduate Research Administrator

Learn more about becoming a postgraduate research student at the University of Sheffield.