Training for PhD students

As a PhD student, you will be enrolled on the Doctoral Development Programme (DDP), a programme of personalised training and development for all PGR students at the University of Sheffield.

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The Doctoral Development Programme

The Doctoral Development Programme (DDP) is a programme of personalised training and development for all PGR students at the University of Sheffield. Doctoral students are able to access a variety of seminars, workshops, and conferences which may be provided by departments, the Faculty of Social Science, and the White Rose DTP.

Training is offered in the following key areas:

  • Discipline-based training - Provides a high-level understanding of academic debates in a specific field
  • Professional skills for research leadership - Training in how academic work is funded, published and translated into practical use beyond the university
  • Ethics training - Encourages students to be sensitive to issues of research integrity and ethics, starting from research design, through to publication and beyond
  • Research methods training - Covers the foundations you will need to be a social scientist and provides exposure to cutting-edge methods that support students’ own projects and their future research ambitions
  • Interdisciplinary Pathway training - Enables students to articulate how their PhDs contribute to wider societal challenges
  • Career Development and Transferable Skills Training - Equips you with transferable skills needed in a range of careers

Applying for a PhD

You can apply for your PhD online through the online portal. We strongly advise you to contact your chosen department first to discuss your research proposal with potential supervisors. This way we can offer advice and guidance on applying for your PhD including details on the types of documents you may need, or how to present your application.

After discussing your research proposal, apply online.

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