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School of Law PhD Programmes (PhD in Law, and PhD in Criminology)


  Department of Law


About the Programme

The University is rated in the top 100 by the QS World University Rankings, priding itself on research-led critical thinking that aims to make an impact in the world. With our academics producing world class and internationally recognised research, The University of Sheffield has developed a reputation for research quality, and the School of Law was ranked in the top 10 among UK Law Schools in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014). Central to the University's vibrant research environment is our large body of postgraduate research students. By supporting and engaging with our postgraduate research community, we encourage a friendly, productive and inclusive atmosphere.

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership, accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council in 2016, is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan. By combining the experience of the White Rose Universities (Leeds, Sheffield, and York) previously involved in the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) with the new partners (Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan), WRDTP delivers excellent supervision, first class discipline and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and transferable skills training, and a world-class intellectual environment for postgraduate research students. It enables PhD students to participate in local, national and international networks of non-academic partners, opinion formers, policy makers, as well as leading academics. WRDTP aims to produce doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility, with the imagination to tackle the thorniest challenges confronting the social sciences.

School of Law.

Driven by cutting edge research that impacts on policy and practice in the legal, socio-legal and criminological fields, the University of Sheffield's School of Law is well respected and highly regarded amongst its peers. There is an outstanding depth of expertise in the department through our varied and diverse range of research activities.

Research is based around five main clusters: the Centre for Criminological Research, the Centre for the Study of Law in Society, the Institute of Commercial Law Studies, Sheffield Institute of Biotechnology Law and Ethics, and Sheffield Centre for International and European Law. Proposals for projects within these areas are welcomed. In addition, the school is keen to encourage those with innovative interdisciplinary proposals in related fields to apply; to see a full list of our research activities please check our webpages.

With research students coming from all over the world, there is a vibrant community here in the school. We value our students highly and recognise the important contribution they make, through taking an active role in our research centres and student-led research seminars and events. We are committed to excellent supervision, with academics placing a great deal of importance on the benefits of offering a strong support network. This is underpinned by dedicated PhD study space in the school and a host of top class facilities available to use across the University.

Funding Opportunities.

PhD study in the School attracts funding from a range of sources, including fully funded studentships from both the university and external bodies; these are competitive and subject to availability.

School of Law PhD Scholarship

There are a number of School of Law funded PhD scholarships for full-time and part-time students from both the UK and overseas for study commencing from 1 February 2022 in the field of law and criminology. The deadline to apply is 12 November 2021.

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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 2022. If you are interested in studying for a PhD in Law, you are eligible for nomination by your supervisor to the WRDTP Studentships.

Find out more

Please visit the website for further details and information on applying: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/law/phd-research/programme


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Law?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 24.40

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

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