PhD study and Masters courses
We provide a vibrant and friendly environment for postgraduate study, offering the opportunity to carry out research at the leading edge of physics and astronomy. We have highly active research groups in a wide range of areas, from fundamental to applied, and have an international reputation for the quality of our research (Ranked joint 7th in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise).
We offer PhD positions in many areas of physics and astronomy, and Masters courses in Nanoscale science and technology:
If you are interested in any of the research areas of the department, and wish to know more about possible opportunities for postgraduate work then please do not hesitate to contact the researchers directly who will be happy to discuss these possibilities with you.
The Department also contributes to the E-futures Doctoral Training Centre. Further information on this may be found here:
PhD with integrated studies
Essentially this option combines a one-year specialised taught MSc programme with a three-year individual research PhD. Further information on this may be found here:
International students – English language requirements
To be successful in your studies you need to demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency. The following states the Department’s requirements in the two main international English language tests.
IELTS: average 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any one component.
TOEFL (Internet based test only): 88 or above, with at least 17 in Listening, 17 in Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking
Details of other tests accepted by the University can be found here:
Please note that the Department may require higher scores than the University minimum requirements. Please contact us for further details.
Prospective postgraduates - how to apply
If you wish to apply for a PhD position, please use the link below to apply online:
If you would like any more information, or have any questions, please contact us:
Ms Laura Oliver
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Sheffield
Telephone: 0114 22 23731