The University of Sheffield

Western Bank, Sheffield

  • #95 QS Global World Ranking
  • PublicStatus
  • Very HighResearch Output
  • 27,840Total Students
  • 3,463Faculty
  • 11,090Int'l Students

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As a world top 100 university, a degree from Sheffield will be recognised and valued by employers all over the world. Academic staff at the university are experts in their fields, and in the latest Research Excellence Framework, 99% percent of Sheffield’s research was rated as internationally recognised, excellent or world-leading. As a Russell Group university, teaching is driven by our research expertise and Sheffield is ranked 22nd in Europe for teaching excellence (Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings 2019). 

We offer postgraduate taught courses in a range of disciplines including arts and humanities, business, engineering, law, medicine, dentistry and health, science and social sciences. The university works closely with business, industry, the arts, government and non-governmental organisations to make sure you develop the skills you need. 

Our approach to teaching reflects the real world. We’ll show you how to manage your own work and there are opportunities to work in teams and develop leadership qualities. You’ll learn about new and emerging fields of study, technology and practices. Most importantly, you’ll gain a perspective on the real world implications, such as complex ethical debates surrounding developments in your specialist field.

The University of Sheffield is at the forefront of international research in a broad range of subject areas. We offer a wide range of research programmes in a variety of subject areas and a number of departments offer a PhD with an integrated masters.


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.

Accommodation

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.

Sports

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.

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 postgraduate degree.

Postgraduate Taught

Holders of a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised Chinese university will be considered for direct entry to postgraduate diploma or master’s programmes.

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.

About

As a world top 100 university, a degree from Sheffield will be recognised and valued by employers all over the world. Academic staff at the university are experts in their fields, and in the latest Research Excellence Framework, 99% percent of Sheffield’s research was rated as internationally recognised, excellent or world-leading. As a Russell Group university, teaching is driven by our research expertise and Sheffield is ranked 22nd in Europe for teaching excellence (Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings 2019). 

We offer postgraduate taught courses in a range of disciplines including arts and humanities, business, engineering, law, medicine, dentistry and health, science and social sciences. The university works closely with business, industry, the arts, government and non-governmental organisations to make sure you develop the skills you need. 

Our approach to teaching reflects the real world. We’ll show you how to manage your own work and there are opportunities to work in teams and develop leadership qualities. You’ll learn about new and emerging fields of study, technology and practices. Most importantly, you’ll gain a perspective on the real world implications, such as complex ethical debates surrounding developments in your specialist field.

The University of Sheffield is at the forefront of international research in a broad range of subject areas. We offer a wide range of research programmes in a variety of subject areas and a number of departments offer a PhD with an integrated masters.


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.

Accommodation

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.

Sports

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.

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 postgraduate degree.

Postgraduate Taught

Holders of a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised Chinese university will be considered for direct entry to postgraduate diploma or master’s programmes.

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.

University highlights

QS World University Ranking

  • 2012
    #66
  • 2014
    #=71
  • 2015
    #69
  • 2016
    #80
  • 2017
    #84
  • 2018
    #=82
  • 2019
    #=75
  • 2020
    #=78
  • 2021
    #=93
  • 2022
    #95

Ranking criteria

61.6
Overall
60.4
Academic Reputation
57.9
Employer Reputation
66.8
Faculty Student Ratio
44.5
Citations per Faculty
83.7
International Faculty Ratio
98.1
International Students Ratio

Student & Staff

Total students
27,840

34%
66%

International students
11,090

58%
42%

Total faculty staff
3,463

1129
2334

Total students
27,840

34%
66%

International students
11,090

58%
42%

Total faculty staff
3,463

2334
1129
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Scholarships

Yes
The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.

Campus locations

Western Bank, Sheffield, GB,

Western Bank , Sheffield , Sheffield , United Kingdom , S10 2TN

Sir Fredrick Mappin Building,

Sheffield, United Kingdom , Sheffield , United Kingdom ,

Management School,

Sheffield, United Kingdom , Sheffield , United Kingdom ,

English language requirements