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PhD opportunities

The decision to complete my PhD at the University of Sheffield was one of the best decisions in my academic career.

Patrycja J. Piotrowska
Postdoctoral Research Associate
The University of Sydney

Our world class team of academics are dedicated to training up the next generation of psychology researchers. As a PhD student you will be assigned at least two supervisors, one of whom will have overall responsibility for helping you with your research.

You will have your own computer and desk in a shared office. There are also a variety of well-equipped labs, suitable for your area of research. The Department and University provide funds to help you to attend conferences at home and abroad and we encourage you to submit your research for publication and to leading conferences.

Every year we hold a postgraduate conference at which each postgraduate presents their work to a supportive and helpful audience of fellow postgraduates and members of staff. The conference is a major departmental event and a stimulating arena for you to try out your ideas and practice your presentation skills.

You will have at least one meeting per year with the team in charge of postgraduate affairs and your supervisors, to discuss your programme of research and review progress. This gives youa further opportunity to talk about what you're working on and where your research is heading.


On the page below, you can find details of PhD projects that are currently available in Psychology.


Before you start your PhD, you can complete a one-year masters degree to improve your scientific and research skills:

PhD with Integrated Studies


There are a number of different ways to fund your PhD. See what options are available to you:

Funding your PhD


When you have found a project you want to apply for, you can apply using the University of Sheffield's online application form.

Postgraduate online application form

How to apply: applying essentials


If you would like any more information or have any questions, please contact our postgraduate admissions secretary Josie Cassidy.

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6515


Post: Postgraduate Admissions, Department of Psychology, 1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield S1 1HD, United Kingdom

You can also visit us throughout the year:

Postgraduate open days, visit afternoons and online chats

About our research

If you have your own idea for a PhD project, you can find a potential supervisor by visiting our research webpages. Contact a member of academic staff to find out about PhD opportunities in their area.