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The University of Sheffield

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The University of Sheffield is a leading research university with a global reputation for excellence. Ranked in the world top 100 universities (QS World University Rankings 2021) and a member of the prestigious Russell Group, Sheffield offers a world-class education in a vibrant and welcoming city in the heart of the UK. Our Students’ Union is number one in the UK (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019) and provides a range of clubs and societies, events, activities and volunteering opportunities to enhance your student experience. 

The University of Sheffield is home to world-leading research, excellent teaching and a vibrant international community. Researchers at the University of Sheffield are passionate about tackling the great global contemporary challenges of our time. Our research influences national and international policy and changes lives. It also informs our world-class teaching across a wide range of disciplines, including arts and humanities, engineering, medicine, dentistry and health, science, social sciences and business. 

More than 29,000 students from over 150 countries choose to come and study at Sheffield creating a diverse and rich community and the university has been named one of the top 50 most international universities in the world (Times Higher Education 2019). 

Home to more than half a million people, Sheffield is a vibrant city with a reputation for being friendly and welcoming. It is conveniently located in the centre of the UK, making it the ideal base for exploring the UK and Europe. It’s also among the top ten most affordable UK university cities (2019 NatWest Student Living Index). 


We’re continually investing in our campus and facilities to ensure we provide a high quality learning environment with access to all of the resources and technology you need.  

There are five libraries available to students, with the university's Information Commons and Diamond offering 24/7 study facilities.

Our Information Commons library has 1,300 learning spaces, considerable technology support and over 100,000 books and 500 computers.

The Diamond, a multidisciplinary teaching facility offers a range of independent and shared study spaces, computer and specialist engineering labs as well as an extensive library collection. It also features sector-leading creative media facilities including private editing booths and a full TV studio.


The University of Sheffield guarantees to find students a place in their accommodation for the duration of their studies, providing they meet a few simple conditions. All university accommodation includes a private bedroom and free Wi-Fi. The majority of rooms are en-suite so students will have their own bathroom and WC.


University sports are open to everyone. There are many sports and exercise opportunities for you to get involved in, regardless of your ability, commitment level or past experience.

You can also join our fitness centre, Sport Sheffield to get access to a variety of fitness classes and sports facilities, including a high-tech gym, swimming pool, tennis and squash courts and sports pitches.

Faith support

Our religious advisors and chaplains offer care and support to all students, whatever your beliefs and there are places of worship for those of all faiths including Muslim prayer rooms on campus. 

Sheffield is a vibrant and modern city in the heart of the UK. Home to more than half a million people, it has all the facilities you’d expect of a major UK city – restaurants and bars, cinemas, theatres and live music venues, museums and galleries, and independent and brand-name shops. The city also boasts lots of green space, including over 200 parks, gardens and woodland such as the Sheffield Botanical Gardens and Weston Park which are both a short walk from the main campus. Sheffield is a welcoming and friendly city, and it’s one of the UK’s most affordable university cities. 

Amazing student experience

The Students’ Union is number one in the UK (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019) and provides a range of clubs and societies, events, activities and volunteering opportunities to enhance your student experience. 

Outstanding support

The university has a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to supporting international students, both before they arrive and throughout their studies. Across the university, there are expert advisors who can answer any questions, whether students would like to know more about scholarships, courses, accommodation, or what it’s like to live in Sheffield.

The University of Sheffield has been welcoming students from all over the world for many decades and has a lot of experience in assessing and understanding the many different international qualifications. Visit the country pages to see more information on acceptable qualifications for specific countries. Specific grades, subjects and English language requirements vary by course and more information can be found on the university website

English language requirements

The university accepts a range of different English language qualifications. The English Language Teaching Centre offers pre-sessional English language courses for those who need to improve their English levels to meet the entry requirements for their undergraduate or postgraduate degree.


Sheffield accepts a range of different international qualifications for direct entry onto undergraduate courses. If students do not meet the requirements, they can apply for one of the university’s pathway programmes.

To apply for an undergraduate course, students need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Sheffield’s UCAS code is S18 SHEFD. There is no campus code.

Postgraduate Taught

Holders of a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised university will be considered for direct admission to postgraduate diploma or master’s programmes. Students applying for a postgraduate taught or master’s course can apply using the online application form. The university’s most popular courses receive many more applications than study places available.

Postgraduate Research

Holders of a good bachelor’s degree and a good master’s degree from a recognised university will be considered for direct admission to postgraduate research programmes.


The University of Sheffield is ranked number one in the north of England for graduate employability (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020). You can access our Careers Service throughout your degree and for up to three years after you graduate. 

Whatever your career ambitions, we offer opportunities for you to develop your personal and professional skills and experience alongside your degree. Our Careers Service runs large fairs on campus for employers who are actively looking to recruit our students. You can also meet employers when they deliver on-campus events or workshops. 

Our careers advisors run support sessions on topics such as how to write a CV and improving your interview technique. Online, we have an extensive range of resources to support you in finding the right career path and maximise your potential.

Programs available

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University Highlights

Total students - 27,687


International students - 10,082


Total faculty staff - 3,306


Total students - 27,687


International students - 10,082


Total faculty staff - 3,306



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