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 typically need an IELTS 7.0 score with a minimum of 7.0 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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

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.

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Development and Society
+44 (0)114 225 5555