Fees and scholarships

We are committed to the development of our postgraduate research community, and we provide a range of funding and scholarship opportunities to our PhD students.

Postgraduate research tuition fees

Home/EU students

The tuition fee you pay in your first year will increase (in line with inflation) for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fees for part-time degrees are usually charged at half of the rate of full-time degrees across twice the number of years (subject to an increase in subsequent years in line with inflation).

Overseas students

The tuition fee you pay in your first year will be the same for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fees for part-time degrees are usually charged at half of the rate of full-time degrees across twice the number of years.

PGR tuition fees


Postgraduate research scholarships

In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must also apply for a place to study in the Department. We advise you submit your application for a place to study at least two weeks before the scholarship deadline to allow time for this to be assessed and any queries to be addressed.

  • Tuition fees;
  • An annual stipend to cover living expenses equivalent to UK Research Council rates;
  • Research Training Support Grant.
ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and University of Sheffield Research Scholarships

The University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a range of PhD scholarships for 2020/21 entry.  These include ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and Faculty scholarships.

We strongly encourage PhD applications in the following broad areas:

Cities, Environment and Liveability

Security, Conflict and Justice

Education Childhood and Youth

Data, Communication and New Technologies

Wellbeing, Health and Communities

Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity

Civil Society, Development and Democracy

Our scholarships cover:

All scholarships are available as a +3 (PhD) or 1 + 3 (MA Social Research and PhD) basis to ensure students meet ESRC training benchmarks for social research methods.

Eligibility

Our Faculty scholarships are open to applicants of any nationality and in any discipline within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Most ESRC White Rose DTP scholarships are open to UK and EU applicants; there may be limited opportunities for overseas students, and all applicants should check ESRC White Rose DTP guidance before making an application.  

All our scholarships can be held in any department within the Faculty.  Initial enquiries should be made directly to the academic department in which you wish to study.

To apply for Masters and PhD funding, you will need:

  • Qualifications or experience equal to a first or upper second class honours degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience

To apply for PhD funding, you will need:

  • Qualifications or experience equal to a Merit or Distinction in a Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience

Full ESRC eligibility criteria can be found here

Initial enquiries should be made directly to us at the Department of Sociological Studies: sociologicalstudies-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk.

Training

We offer an outstanding academic environment for our PhD students. We provide an interdisciplinary research experience via the White Rose DTP to all our PhD students, regardless of scholarship funding source. Quantitative and qualitative methods training at both Masters and PhD level is provided by Sheffield Methods Institute. There are also opportunities for three month internships with public, private and voluntary organisations.

Further information about our Social Sciences Doctoral Training.

Timescales and how to apply

Applications can be made from 13 November 2019.  The deadline for scholarship applications is 5.00pm on Wednesday 29 January 2020.  Information on the scholarship application process can be found here.

We must emphasise that in order to be considered for a scholarship, you must also apply for a place to study in the Department. We strongly advise you to submit your application for a place to study at least two weeks before the scholarship deadline to allow time for this to be assessed and any queries to be addressed.

Applicants wishing to take the ESRC 1+3 route must apply for the Sheffield Methods Institute's MA Social Research (for 2020/21 entry) and also simultaneously make a PhD application for entry in 2021/22.

Information on the scholarship application process can be found here.

AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. WRoCAH is able to offer around 48 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

Applicants for an AHRC studentship must have applied for a place of study in an eligible School, Department or Centre and may only apply for funding at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. The studentship application form and details of how to apply are only available from the WRoCAH website.

Closing deadline for applications: Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 17:00 GMT.

China Scholarship Council

This scheme provides academically excellent Chinese students with the opportunity to study for a PhD at the University of Sheffield. The scholarships are supported jointly by the China Scholarship Council and the University of Sheffield.

The Scholarship will cover:

  • University Tuition Fees
  • A grant for living costs
  • One return flight from China

Eligibility

You must be a national of, and reside in, mainland China (not including Hong Kong or Macau). You must also be intending to return to China once your programme is completed.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and the fit of the applicant’s proposed research programme with Sheffield’s identified research priorities:

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and the bioeconomy
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy
  • Smart, green and integrated transport
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • The changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  • Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of citizens

Find out more about this scholarship and how to apply

Closing deadline for applications: Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 17:00 GMT.


PhD training in the Faculty of Social Sciences

As part of the Faculty of Social Sciences you will have access to world class training alongside your doctoral study. The Social Sciences Doctoral Training programme is tailored to your individual needs to ensure you have the right skills you need to develop your research.

The training programme is designed to exceed current UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) training and development guidelines, and gives all our social science PhD students access to ESRC-funded White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership cohort activities, regardless of your source of funding.

All our students receive interdisciplinary training and experience opportunities via the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, and additional discipline specific training is provided in each of our departments.

Find out more about our Social Sciences Graduate School

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