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PhD Scholarships at the Management School

Management School

About the Programme

A stimulating and dynamic research environment

As part of the Russell Group of research intensive universities, we are dedicated to conducting socially responsible and impactful research. Our strong international reputation for research excellence has led to our Triple Crown accreditation status and we are one of only 59 business schools worldwide to have been awarded this prestigious accolade by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results place us in the top 15 business/management schools in the UK with 81% of our research considered world leading or internationally excellent. We are ranked in the top 5 in the Russell Group and top 10 in the UK for research impact - the demonstrable contribution that our research makes to society and the economy.

Sheffield University Management School can offer supervision for research in a broad range of areas, including:

  • logistics and supply chain management
  • work psychology
  • regional economic and enterprise development
  • organisation and employment relations
  • energy, environment and sustainability
  • accounting and finance
  • marketing
  • branding
  • cultural and creative industries
  • risk and sustainable management

Your PhD experience

Postgraduate research provides you with the opportunity to explore your own ideas and develop a range of skills critical to your future. Our PhD students run their own seminar series, publish a working paper series and are encouraged to attend Management School research events.

As part of our active research environment you will receive outstanding supervision from talented academics producing intellectually rigorous and leading research in their respective areas.

We are members of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre. This centre brings together academics and PhD students from across the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York and provides our students with a wide range of training and networking opportunities.

How to apply

Your research proposal is an essential part of your application. The research proposal should be approximately 3,000 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography). It should be fully referenced and include details of the research questions, proposed methodology and why you have chosen the particular subject.

You can apply for our postgraduate research programme online via our website. When we consider your application we take into account the quality of the research proposal, previous qualifications, references and the availability of two supervisors with relevant expertise, interest and capacity.


We offer scholarships for exceptional candidates to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. There are a number of scholarships available at School, Faculty and University level.

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships 2021/22

Nominations are now open for White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) Studentships commencing in October 2021. If you are interested in studying for a PhD in the Management School, you are eligible for nomination by your supervisor to the WRDTP Studentships.

Find out more

For more information on research areas, entry requirements and for general enquiries please visit:




Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Business and Management Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.50

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Click here to see the results for all UK universities

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