PhD opportunities

On this page, you can find links to PhD opportunities in science at the University of Sheffield. These PhD opportunities are available through one of the University's seven science departments, and they can be found listed on the department websites listed below.

A researcher in the Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory

Some of the projects listed on departments' websites may be part of a bigger programme of PhD opportunities, designed by one of the University's interdisciplinary Centres for Doctoral Training. These centres may have specific details about training, funding and entry requirements for their projects. You can find out more about these centres on their websites, listed below.

Once you have a PhD project that you want to apply for, you can find out more information about funding and how to apply.

Academic departments

Each of the University of Sheffield's seven science departments has a range of PhD opportunities, often with funding attached. Follow the links below to view the projects available in each science department.

PhD opportunities in:

Subject not listed here?

You can visit our PhD projects directory to view the full range of PhD opportunities at the University of Sheffield.


Do you have your own idea for a PhD project?

If you have your own idea for a PhD project, you can find a potential supervisor by visiting the research section of any science department's website.

These pages explain the research areas that each department covers, and the research interests of academic staff who may be able to supervise your PhD project. Contact a member of academic staff to find out about PhD opportunities in their area.

Research areas in:

See also: Support from your PhD supervisor


Centres for Doctoral Training

The University of Sheffield is home to a number of Centres for Doctoral Training. These interdisciplinary centres have their own programmes of funded PhD projects, which are normally completed over four years instead of the usual three. Details of PhD opportunities available through CDTs are given on each centre's website.

PhD scholarships

There are lots of different types of scholarships available, from full awards covering fees, living expenses and research costs to partial fee scholarships.

PhD study at Sheffield

Discover what it's like to carry out PhD research at Sheffield, find out how to apply, browse funding opportunities and much more.

PhD study