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Application Process

We are keen to receive applications from anyone who believes that they have the ability to complete a PhD (or MPhil) that fits within the research interests of the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute.

Submitting an application

We encourage all prospective students to browse through the staff section of the site in order to identify a potential academic supervisor; the research themes listed on the left hand side of the page will help you to identify someone in your chosen field.

Please read the application form and guidance notes carefully before completion and submission.

To consider any application, we need

  • A fully-completed application form with precise details of your previous
  • qualifications and place of study
  • 2 references
  • Details of your source of funding, and copies of any financial support letters
  • Copies of qualification certificates and/or results transcripts
  • A detailed Research Proposal (attached as a separate word or pdf document)
  • *Proof of English Language ability (*where English is not your first language)
  • *Copies of Passport & any relevant Visas (*for Overseas applicants)

English Language Requirements

In our subject areas (Computing, Communications & Media, and Art & Design) students should demonstrate a minimum of IELTS 7.0 overall, with no lower than 5.5 in any skill area.


For general enquiries
Phone 0114 225 6743
Email pgradmin@shu.ac.uk

Should you wish to discuss your research ideas prior to making an application, please contact a member of the Doctoral Admissions team listed below

  • Dr Kathy Doherty, Head of Research Degrees
    Email k.h.doherty@shu.ac.uk
  • Dr Becky Shaw, Postgraduate Tutor in Art and Design and Acting PGR Lead for C3RI
    Email b.shaw@shu.ac.uk
  • Dr Frances Slack, Postgraduate Tutor in Computing
    Email f.slack@shu.ac.uk
  • Dr Kerry McSeveny, Acting Postgraduate Tutor in Media and Communications
    Email k.mcseveny@shu.ac.uk
  • Tracey Howson, Postgraduate Research Administrative Officer, and Amy Lander, Administrator
    Email pgradmin@shu.ac.uk

Course Fees for 2016/17*

  • Home/EU students, full-time = £4,121
  • Home/EU students, part-time = £2,060
  • Overseas students, full-time = £12,100
  • Split (full-time or part-time) = £6,895

Course Fees for 2017/18*

  • Home/EU students, full-time = £4,195
  • Home/EU students, part-time = £2,098
  • Overseas students, full-time = £12,400
  • Split (full-time or part-time) = £7,070

Course Fees for 2018/19

  • Home/EU students, full-time = £4,260
  • Home/EU students, part-time = £2,130
  • International students, full-time = £12,400

*Fees shown are subject to review and increase each year

Duration of Course

Maximum timescales are

  • MPhil only, Full-time - up to 24 months
  • MPhil only, Part-time - up to 36 months
  • PhD subject to confirmation, Full-time - up to 48 months
  • PhD subject to confirmation, Part-time - up to 84 months

Enrolment Dates

  • Throughout September
  • Throughout January
  • Throughout May

Deadlines to submit applications

  • 1st June (for September enrolment)
  • 1st October (for January enrolment)
  • 1st February (for May enrolment)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I contact members of staff directly to discuss my future project?
Yes, contact details for our Postgraduate Tutors can be found on page 1 of this document. Alternatively all our staff including their specialisms can be found on our staff pages. Our staff will be more than happy to discuss any ideas you have at this stage.

Can I get guidance from the University regarding Visa requirements and the Visa application process?
Yes, our International Office are highly trained in this area and will be happy to offer guidance and help, their contact details can be found can here.

Can I get help with Accommodation whilst I'm studying at Sheffield Hallam University?
Yes, our Accommodation Services staff will be happy to help. Their contact information can be found here.

I have studied a previous degree course with Sheffield Hallam, am I eligible for a progression discount?
Yes, if you have previously completed an undergraduate or master's degree course with us you may be eligible for a 10% discount on your fees. Find out more information here.

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