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This higher research degree provides students the opportunity to study at either master or doctoral level. Students who undertake research degrees with us benefit from the knowledge and experience of supervisors with international standing in the research community.Supervision is offered within the School's areas of expertise and current research activity, including:

  • Palliative and supportive care
  • Older people
  • Family caregiving
  • Children, young people & families
  • Sexuality, ageing and gender

Staff profiles

Our staff team is able to support PhD research in a number of fields and our academics have interests and methodological expertise in a broad range of areas. The links below will help you in identifying the person who may best support your work:

Dr Parveen Ali Prof. Penny Curtis Dr Hannah Fairbrother Dr Clare Gardiner
Dr Jill Thompson Dr Sharron Hinchliff Dr Katie Ellis
Prof. Angela Tod Prof Tony Ryan Prof. Jane Seymour

Why the University of Sheffield

Sheffield is one of the world's leading research universities. Our work received a top-10 ranking for Research Power in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The School of Nursing & Midwifery has an excellent track record in supporting postgraduate researchers from around the world. Our research degrees involve independent study, supervised by leading academic staff. You will gain a range of high-level transferable skills that will be a valuable asset whatever your career.

Current opportunities

We accept applications to study for a PhD throughout the year but strongly encourage students to register for the autumn Semester (October) in order to benefit from all the activities available at that time. A second point of registration is available in early February. Please refer to our interests and areas of expertise via our staff pages for information on how we might support your research. Contact Dr Sharron Hinchliff if you require more details.

You can also find more information at the Faculty Graduate School.

Contact us

If you would like to find out about studying with us, please contact us by emailing

Programme Leader: Sharron Hinchliff

Tel: 0114 222 2045


Admissions Support: Kate Chadwick

Tel: 0114 222 2076 / 0114 235 7615