Research course

Social Sciences

Sheffield Hallam University · Faculty of Development and Society

Entry requirements

To apply for a MPhil or PhD subject to confirmation we normally expect you to have one of the following • a relevant masters degree • a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent Direct PhD registration may be permitted if you hold a masters degree, or an overseas masters degree of equivalent standard, which • is postgraduate according to the UK Quality Assurance Agency’s National Qualifications Framework • included training in research and a research-based project report/dissertation or equivalent If English is not your first language, you need an IELTS score of at least 7.0 and/or a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based exercise) or 250 (computer-based exercise).

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Embark on an intensive, supervised piece of investigative work and build your own original area of expertise. You choose from a wide range of research topics supported by a supervisory team and write an extended 80,000 word thesis. Your studies are supported by supervisors who are active in their own specialist research.

Key points
• Build on previous academic or professional experience to develop your expertise.
• Benefit from the input of research-active staff.
• Take taught modules from our MRes programme to develop your research skills.
• Engage with other students and staff through the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School website hub.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course. Visit to find out more.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Development and Society
+44 (0)114 225 5555