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How to apply

How to apply

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 Culture & Creativity Research Institute.

Submitting an application

We encourage prospective students to browse the staff section of the site to identify a potential academic supervisor.

Please read the application form and guidance notes (PDF, 135.8KB) carefully before completion and submission.

To consider your application, we need

  • A completed application form with precise details of your previous qualifications and place of study
  • Two 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 & relevant visas (for overseas applicants)

Entry requirements

All applicants should hold a strong undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) and/or a relevant masters qualification (or expectation of the same).

English language requirements

To enquire about our English language requirements, email us at


General enquiries

Admissions contacts

Should you wish to discuss your research ideas prior to making an application, please contact a member of the Culture & Creativity Research Institute PGR team:

Course fees

To enquire about our course fees please email us at


You can find information about scholarship opportunities on the University's PhD scholarships page.

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

We accept applications all year round for our three intake points in each academic year (October, February and May).

Application deadlines

Each intake point has an application submission deadline.

  • For October: apply by 1 June
  • For February: apply by 1 October
  • For May: apply by 1 February

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 above. 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. Contact the University’s International Experience Team. They are highly trained in this area and will be happy to offer guidance and help.

Can I get help with accommodation while I'm studying at Sheffield Hallam University?

Yes. Contact accommodation services to discuss your accommodation needs.

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.

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