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Research degree fees and scholarships

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

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Funding your study

Find out more about tuition fees, fee status and funding options here.

Continuation/submission/re-submission fees

Find out more about continuation/submission/re-submission fees here.

Postgraduate Research Scholarship

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 2 weeks before the scholarship deadline to allow time for this to be assessed and any queries to be addressed.
ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and Faculty Scholarships

The University of Sheffield, Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a number of PhD scholarships for 2019/20 entry. These include ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and Faculty scholarships through the University Post Graduate Research Committee.

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

The scholarships offer

  • Tuition Fees
  • An annual stipend to cover living expenses equivalent to UK Research Council rates
  • Research Training Support Grant

All scholarships are available as a +3 (PhD) or a 1+3 (Masters and PhD), in combination with the MA Social Research. This route ensures  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.

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 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.

Please note: The deadline for applications for academic year 2019-20 has now passed.

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

Please note: The deadline for applications for academic year 2019 - 20 has now passed.

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

Please note: The deadline for applications for academic year 2019 - 20 has now passed.

Funding the World's Brightest PhDs - information about all  Scholarships to support PhD Study at the University of Sheffield.

If you have any further questions, please contact us on sociologicalstudies-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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.

Bespoke methods training is designed and delivered through the Sheffield Methods Institute which has world class research expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods. 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.