Applying for a PhD
The School of East Asian Studies receives a large number of PhD applications every year. The following guidelines have been written in order to help you submit a high quality application that is targeted to the research strengths of the staff within our School.
Before you begin your application you may want to consider the following questions
- Am I eligible to apply (please see criteria below)?
- Does my area of interest fit closely with the research expertise of the School
- Is there a member of staff whose research interests seem exciting and relevant in terms of the research topic I have in mind?
- Do I need research training? Does Sheffield's Doctoral Development Programme seem attractive in the context of my research background and interests?
- What sources of funding are available to support my research? SEAS is a recognised centre for ESRC and AHRC scholarships for research degrees. We can also offer funding from various other sources.
Enquiries are welcome at any time of year, However, our major intakes take place in twice a year in early October and late February. Please make your initial contact with our Research Student Admissions Office. You may if you wish contact a potential supervisor directly to find out their interest and availability to provide supervision. Please note, however, that if that member of staff is away from Sheffield at the time of your enquiry a reply can be considerably delayed.
Our Admissions Tutor is able to give you personal help and advice and pass your enquiry to an appropriate supervisor or supervisors. If you wish to undertake your research with a specific member of staff please make this clear to the Admissions Tutor.
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The standard requirement for entry onto our PhD programme is a Masters degree with Merit from a university in the UK, or an equivalent qualification from an institution overseas. Applicants with other qualifications combined with relevant professional experience may also be eligible. If you are unsure about your qualifications please contact us.
If your first language isn’t English you must have passed IELTS with a grade of 7.0 overall and 6.5 in all elements of the test or equivalent in order to be considered.
|Your research proposal||
These guidelines are intended to assist you in developing and writing a thesis proposal. Applications for admission to a research degree cannot be dealt with unless they contain a proposal.
Your proposal will help us to make sure that:
The process of producing a proposal is usually also essential if you need to apply for funding to pay your fees or support yourself whilst doing your research. Funding bodies will often need to be reassured that you are committed to a viable project at a suitable university.
The Research Proposal – an Outline
Your proposal should be 2000 - 2500 words in length and contain at least the following elements:
Three additional points:
|Once you have been allocated a potential supervisor||
Once we have reviewed your research proposal and CV you will be allocated a potential supervisor. Your supervisor will be identified as the member of academic staff who's expertise best fit with your proposed research project. If you have a potential supervisor in mind please make our Admissions Office aware of this when you make your initial enquiry.
Once you have been allocated your supervisor you will be asked to complete our online application form.
The online application form requires you to provide standard information about yourself and your past academic performance. Please ensure that you complete this information thoroughly and accurately and that you provide evidence of your qualifications (both those already gained and those that you plan to take in the near future).
|Selection and Offer||
Your application form, CV and referees' reports are considered by an admissions group, consisting of your potential supervisors and the Postgraduate Research Admission Tutor.
You will be offered a place to study for a PhD upon a successful outcome of the review process. In all cases it is standard departmental practice to request an interview via telephone or skype call prior to acceptance. This would normally take place with your potential supervisors.
If you are currently completing a Master's degree you will receive an offer conditional upon your final Master's results. In most cases we ask for a Masters with merit.
You will receive your formal offer letter via email.
Students whose first language is not English must have passed IELTS with a grade of 7.0 overall and 6.5 in all elements of the test or equivalent.