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Students applying for full-time positions on the programme must have an excellent academic record, and should normally possess a Master's Degree. Part-time students are expected to be mid-career professionals with strong educational and professional backgrounds, and normally in possession of a Master's degree. Applicants for part time positions must submit proposals that demonstrate a clear linkage between their current work and their PhD topic.

Each year a Call for Applications is published on the SEERC website and applicants are invited to submit their research proposals, either to specific topics or under a broad thematic area as advertised in the Call. Following the Call and after having chosen their preferred topic of study, candidates should proceed with preparing their application.

Preparing your application pack

  1. Download the Guidance Notes, Postgraduate Application Form and Reference Form.
  2. Read the Guidance Notes carefully before completing the Postgraduate Application Form.
  3. Complete all sections of the Postgraduate Application Form as requested.
  4. For section 'K' of the Postgraduate Application Form "Supporting Statement - Postgraduate Research Applications" please enclose a separate document with your research proposal. It is important that you prepare your research proposal according to the SEERC guidelines. To view the guidelines please click here.
  5. Provide supporting documents (degrees, transcripts etc.) as needed, including an updated CV.
  6. Use the Reference Form to obtain reference letters from your referees.

Posting your application pack

After you have completed all sections of the application form and you have enclosed your research proposal, supporting documents, and reference letters, you should proceed with posting your application pack in two copies. One copy should be posted to the University of Sheffield (address indicated inside the application form) and the other to SEERC. Moreover, an electronic version of the application should be sent by email to SEERC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Evaluation and results

Following a first screening of the proposals, a short-list of applicants is prepared and short-listed candidates are invited to an interview with an academic panel. All interview invitees are informed on the outcome of their application whether positive or negative. Successful candidates are informed of the acceptance to the doctoral programme from the University of Sheffield, so that they can begin the registration process with their respective department at the University of Sheffield in the UK.

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