Applying for a PhD: Selection process and offer

Your application form, CV and the referees' reports are considered by an admissions group, consisting of your potential supervisors and by the Postgraduate Research Admission Tutor.

UK applicants

As a result of this review process you may be invited to Sheffield for interview.

Candidates asked to come to Sheffield for interview will have standard class rail returns refunded. You will be interviewed by your potential supervisor and you will have an opportunity to explore the department and the facilities it can offer to research students.

Interviews are normally held in March or April.

We hope that after an interview we will be able to offer you a place as a research student. Offers to final year undergraduates will be conditional on achieving at least a Class 2.1 in the final examinations. Applicants completing Master's degrees will normally receive an offer conditional upon submission of their Master's thesis/dissertation before taking up their place at Sheffield.

The formal written offer is provided by a letter from the Admissions Tutor in the Department of Sociological Studies.

EU (excluding UK) and overseas applicants

As a result of the review process successful applicants will be offered a place.

The offer of a place may be conditional on meeting an English Language requirement and/or a particular standard in any examinations that have not yet been taken.

The formal written offer of a place in the department will be made to you by the Graduate Research Office of the University.

Please note:

Remember an offer of a place is not an offer of funding to support your research. You will still need to secure your funding.

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