Study for a higher degree by research in our Materials and Engineering Research institute. You train in research methods and complete a high level research project in a research institute where 75 per cent of our staff were judged to be internationally leading.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
A higher degree by research involves training in research methods and systematic, high level study of a research project. The nature of the work and the time it takes to finish the research means a research degree is demanding and needs great commitment.
You must present your results in a thesis, explain the methods used in your research and defend them in an oral examination.
To get an MPhil you must critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic and display an understanding of suitable research methods.
For a PhD you must also make an independent and original contribution to knowledge.
A split PhD is a research degree programme which is ideal if you are an international student wanting to study from your home country. You register for a Sheffield Hallam University PhD and spend some time studying in Sheffield but are substantially based in your home country.
The balance of study between us and the overseas university is agreed between you and your supervisors, depending on the needs of your research programme.
The benefits of studying on the split PhD scheme include
• you can complete fieldwork in your home country, in an area directly linked to your professional or career development interests
• access to local facilities and supervisory support in your home country combined with the expert supervisory guidance of our academics
• short, intensive periods of face-to-face working with a dedicated supervisory team in Sheffield, while enjoying the educational, social and cultural benefits of studying in the UK
You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.
Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI)
MERI is a multi-disciplinary research institute encompassing four research centres each with their own specialist groups operating within them. We undertake high quality academic research across a range of disciplines and apply this research knowledge in a commercial and industrial context. Research areas include • polymers and composites • solar energy • structural integrity and corrosion • functional coatings • simulation and modelling • robotics.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise we were the leading post–92 university in metallurgy and materials (UoA29). 75 per cent of our staff were judged to be internationally leading and we obtained a Times Higher Education average score of 2.15 reflecting the quality of our work and world class staff.
Our staff include • chemists • materials scientists • physicists • computer scientists • mechanical, electronic and electrical engineers, all working on individual or collaborative projects shared between research centres. Supported by a £6m equipment base, which will shortly undergo a £4m refurbishment, this inter-disciplinary approach enables us to solve complex problems ranging from fracture of artificial implants through to designing surfaces that can withstand frictional temperatures in excess of 1,000 degrees centigrade. Solutions to these kinds of problems put MERI at the top in terms of industrial collaboration.
The Materials Research and Analysis Service (MARS) is also a key strength in the research institute, established to provide regional business with access to research facilities and analysis, which enhances the capability of companies in terms of new and improved products.
Evidence of MERI’s research strength is reflected in the patent portfolio that currently consists of 22 granted patents with another 17 applications in progress.
MERI is made up of five centres of excellence
• the Thin Films Research Centre
• the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research
• the Polymers Nanocomposites and Modelling Research Centre
• the Structural Materials and Integrity Research Centre
• Materials Analysis and Research Services, Centre for Industrial Collaboration (MARS) (CIC)
2017 entry requirements
Typically you need
• an appropriate masters degree or an honours degree 2.1 or above, from a UK higher education institution
• a qualification the University considers as being equivalent. Other qualifications and experience are considered on their merits.
You must also complete an interview in person or by phone with the prospective director of studies and provide two satisfactory references.
If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level. An offer of a research degree place may be made subject to a completing our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course.
International and European entry qualifications
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
PhD (subject to confirmation)
Full-time – three years research, plus an optional year for writing up
Part-time – five years research, plus an optional year for writing up
Full-time – two years research
Part-time – three years research
Students normally spend most of their time in their home country but come to the University for at least three months a year.
Typical modules may include
All doctoral researchers at Sheffield Hallam University have the opportunity to develop a range of research, personal and professional skills during the course of their programme. Transferable skills training as a key component of undertaking a PhD or professional doctorate is required by the University regulator, expected by research funders, and promoted by the University as part of its commitment to 'education for employment'.
Sheffield Hallam's approach
Training and development
All of the sessions are mandatory for all MERI research students.
Weekly seminar programme
Introduction to bibliographic databases
Advanced measurement techniques
MERI research symposium event
Doctoral skills training series
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Research degrees are a vital qualification for most academic careers, and for professional specialisation and development in an existing or planned career. The rigorous analytical thinking they involve also demonstrates ability to potential employers in all areas of work.
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Full-time – typically £4,121 a year
Part-time – typically £2,060 a year
Fees are aligned to Research Councils UK (RCUK) fees.
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2016/17 academic year
Typically £16,200 a year (including bench fees)
2017/18 academic year
Typically £16,600 a year
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.