Postgraduate funding opportunities at University of Sheffield

PhD and Doctoral Courses in Yorkshire & Humberside England

About the University of Sheffield

Sheffield is a world top-100 university, where you can learn from internationally recognised academics in outstanding facilities and make your home in one of the best cities in Britain for student life.

A member of the Russell Group with over 8,000 postgraduate students, Sheffield is one of the UK’s powerhouse research universities. We invest in ambitious, interdisciplinary research projects and the way we teach gives you the freedom and support you need to achieve great things.

World leading research

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 99 per cent of our research was assessed as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised. We’re top 10 in the Russell Group for research outputs.

Our research influences policy, changes lives and helps us to understand the world so that we can make it better. A PhD at Sheffield will deepen your knowledge in your chosen area, develop your skills and push you to realise your full potential.

As a PhD student at the University of Sheffield you are part of our Doctoral Academy. You’re welcomed into a supportive community and treated as a colleague. You’ll gain free, personalised skills training, expert careers advice and become part of an inspiring, collaborative group of researchers from across the disciplines.

Future career prospects

The University’s research partners and clients include: Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

Strong links with companies like these guarantee the relevance of Sheffield’s degree programmes and equips graduates for careers at the cutting edge of their chosen field.


We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support – and the freedom to do things your own way.

The Information Commons has 1,300 learning spaces, extensive technology support, a high-demand collection of 120,000 volumes and support for the development of your research and critical thinking skills.

Our library is one of the UK’s leading research libraries. It’s home to around 25,000 rare books and over 150 special collections which include archives, manuscripts, photographs, books, pamphlets and scores. We have a specialist librarian for every main subject area. So when you need advice and guidance you can talk to someone who understands your subject and your course.


We invest heavily in PhD study and the development of our postgraduate community and offer a number of funding and scholarship opportunities.

Visit our website or use our Student Funding Calculator to find out more about the sources of finance available to you.

The City

Sheffield is a city like no other. A city of stunning landscapes – one of the greenest in Europe, creative, welcoming,  independent, rich in culture and history, but with a modern outlook and a million things to see and do.

On top of all the other good things about Sheffield, it’s an easy place to get to. Sheffield is on all the mainline train routes across the UK. The National Express nationwide coach service has connections from around the country. And there are trams that run across the city all day making it easy to get around.

International Students

We’re a World Top 100 university. Our global reputation for teaching and research attracts more than 29,000 international students from over 150 countries. A Sheffield qualification is recognised internationally and gives you an edge in the global careers market.

Visit our dedicated International pages to see how you can join our global community.

How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online, visit our website to find out more

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