How to apply

There are a few steps you should take before applying for a PhD in science at the University of Sheffield. First, you should find a project you want to apply for, or submit your own proposal for a project, through our 'PhD opportunities' webpage.

PhD opportunities

It is a good idea to contact the supervisor of any PhD opportunity you want to apply for, before you submit your application. If the project you want to apply for does not have funding attached, they may be able to advise you on other sources of funding.

If you have your own idea for a PhD project, you can contact a potential supervisor by visiting the research section of any science department's website. These webpages explain the research areas that each department covers, and the research interests of academic staff who may be able to supervise your PhD project and advise you on funding opportunities in their area.

We also accept applications from students who are able to fund themselves.

There is more information about sources of funding on our 'Funding your PhD' webpage.

Funding your PhD

Postgraduate online application form

Once you have identified a project, a supervisor and, if necessary, a source of funding, you should complete the University's postgraduate online application form.

Postgraduate online application form

A full explanation of how to complete the form, including details of the supporting documents you will need to submit, is given on the University's webpages for postgraduate students.

How to apply: applying essentials