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The University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is a world-renowned teaching and research institution. Founded in 1905, it is an original Red Brick University and member of the Russell Group. It is an all-round university with a great reputation in all of its degree programmes. It has also been voted the number one university for student life in the UK for two years running. This is because of its excellent Students' Union, accommodation and support network. Sheffield has all the activity and excitement of living in a major city without the stress. It combines great culture and nightlife with a laidback village feel. This is aided by the city’s beautiful landscape, which comprises more green space than any other European city. Sheffield is also the UK’s safest major city and one of the cheapest for students to live in.
QS World Ranking (2021)
Times Higher Education (2020)
Shanghai Ranking (2020)
Complete University Guide (2021)
Guardian League Table (2021)
Teaching Excellence Framework
Green Credentials (2019)
Young vs Mature
Male vs Female
The University of Sheffield is not a campus university but the majority of its buildings are located to the west of the city centre, where there is a one-mile stretch of university buildings. The architecture is a mix of early and mid-twentieth century, alongside more modern developments. Among these is The Diamond, an exciting and creative new building with a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open-plan learning spaces, library and IT services. The Students’ Union building has also had substantial developments in recent years. The university’s faculty of engineering and departments of music and computer science, among others, are located on the St George’s Campus. This lies eastward of the main campus and is also the locus of substantial building investments. The final area of buildings is located to the west of the main campus at Weston Park. This is home to the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health and the £12 million Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience, opened by the Queen in 2010.
The University of Sheffield developed from three local institutions: the Sheffield School of Medicine, Firth College and the Sheffield Technical School. In 1897, the three institutions were amalgamated to form the University College of Sheffield. On 31 May 1905 the University of Sheffield was granted its Royal Charter, and in July the new Firth Court Building on Western Bank was opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. At the time of the University's foundation in 1905 there were 114 full-time students reading for degrees in Arts, Pure Science, Medicine and Applied Science.
For the first 50 years of its existence, the University's full-time student population did not rise above 2,000. By 1980, however, it had reached 8,000. In 1995 the Sheffield and North Trent College of Nursing and Midwifery was integrated into the university. Over the last century the university has invested millions into a number of ambitious building projects, the most recent of which, The Diamond, was completed this year. It has also expanded into more specialist areas of teaching and research.
The total student population is now over 25,000 and includes students from all over the world.
Departments, Faculties & Schools
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
- Department of Archaeology
- Department of History
- School of English
- School of Languages and Cultures
- Department of Music
- Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Engineering
- Department of Aerospace Engineering
- Department of Bioengineering
- Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
- Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
- Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
- Department of Material Science and Engineering
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Medicine Dentistry & Health
- Department of Cardiovascular Science
- Department of Clinical Dentistry
- Department of Health and Related Research
- Department of Human Communication Sciences
- Department of Human Metabolism
- Department of Infection and Immunity
- Medical School
- Department of Nursing and Midwifery
- Department of Oncology
Faculty of Science
- Department of Animal and Plant Science
- Department of Biomedical Science
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Mathematics and Statistics
- Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
- Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Department of Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences
- School of Architecture
- School of East Asian Studies
- Department of Economics
- School of Education
- Department of Geography
- Information School
- Department of Journalism Studies
- Department of Landscape
- School of Law
- Management School
- Department of Politics
- Department of Sociological Studies
- Department of Urban Studies and Planning
- Sheffield Methods Institute
International Faculty - City College, Thessaloniki
- Business Administration and Economics Department
- Computer Science Department
- Psychology Department
- English Studies Department
- Executive MBA
- SEERC (South East European Research Centre)
The university of Sheffield has a good reputation for research, particularly in the fields of science and medicine. It has links with five Nobel Prize winners, two for Chemistry and three for Medicine and Physiology.
The University is in the top 10 per cent of all UK universities, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which classed 33% of its research as world leading. The standout fields were biomedical science and Architecture but all schools submitted research classed as “world leading”.
International & Industrial Opportunities
Many of Sheffield’s degrees have a built-in year abroad. The Erasmus scheme enables students to study, work or teach in another country as part of their degree. The University of Sheffield has 300 Erasmus exchange agreements with 200 partner universities across Europe. The University’s Study Abroad Programme offers students the chance to study in over 70 partner universities including those in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore or the USA. Most of students are eligible to apply. Sheffield also offers a range of scholarships for students to attend summer schools overseas or to engage in an international volunteering activity.
Sheffield also offers many students the chance to spend a year on a work placement as part of their degree. Most placements are paid, with the average being £14-19K. Recent placements include AstraZeneca, Deloitte, Ernst &Young, ESPN, IMB, Rolls Royce and Unilever, with some being in Sheffield and others in London or elsewhere. Work Placements can also be taken overseas. It is the student’s responsibility to find a placement but they will receive help from a dedicated placement team.
UK/EU Students (2021/2022)
Lots of departments offer scholarships, some of them sponsored by industry. Contact the department running the courses you're interested in to find out more. Engineering students that are high achievers may also qualify for an Academic Achievement scholarship. The university also runs an alumni scholarship scheme to fund students’ research or years abroad.
Talented athletes can access financial support through Sheffield’s Elite Sports Performance Scheme. The ESPS has two levels. Level one provides all the support services whilst level two provides these services along with a scholarship of up to £1000.
The University of Sheffield offers financial support to its students in the form of bursaries. For example: if you get a government grant to help with your living costs, you’ll also get a University bursary of between £500 and £1,500 a year, depending on your household income. Sheffield also offer bursaries for carers and care leavers.
Sheffield’s world-class Library has a reputation for delivering an outstanding student learning experience. The University Library operates on five sites. It has a huge choice of study environments, digital content and services. Students can access their library accounts and the digital library from wherever you are 24/7 via our catalogue StarPlus or via the University portal. The grade II* listed Western Bank Library holds the bulk of the Library’s 1.5m volume print collection. It is IT-enabled and has over 500 seats.
The Health Sciences Library (HSL) operates principally at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. It provides services to the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, as well as to NHS staff. The RIBA award-winning Information Commons (IC) opened in 2007. It provides a 24/7 integrated learning environment, with 1,300 seats, extensive technology support, and a high-demand collection of 120,000 volumes. The Diamond, opening in 2015, will deliver a full range of library services with nearly 1,000 new study spaces and access to high-demand textbooks.
There is fast, free WiFi access across campus and in University accommodation. Students can access all IT services from smartphones, on or off campus. Laptops are available to borrow for free, students have 24/7 access to an IT helpdesk and if they have a problem with their computer the university will investigate it for free.
Student support begins with a personal tutor. Each student is assigned a member of staff who knows them and understands what they need to get out of their course. They will answer questions or concerns about anything at all listening, offering advice and pointing their students in the direction of further support if they need it.
Sport Sheffield, is the University’s sports department; responsible for all aspects of sport and fitness within the University of Sheffield. Sport Sheffield offers a wide range of facilities including; 5 floodlit synthetic pitches; large fitness centre (approx. 150 pieces of equipment); Swimming Pool with Sauna Steam Rooms; Sports Hall; A fitness studio; Multipurpose Activity Room; 4 Squash Courts and Bouldering wall. 45 Acres of grass playing fields for rugby, football and cricket. The main site, the Goodwin Sport Centre, is located between the student residential areas and the main campus. This means it’s easy for students to call in to the pool, gym etc., on their way into lectures or, on their way back.
Sheffield’s Elite Sports Performance Scheme is aimed at providing talented athletes studying at the university with the opportunities and support they need to ensure they can be successful not only in the sporting arena but in the academic one too. The ESPS has two levels. Level one provides all the support services whilst level two provides these services along with a scholarship of up to £1000.
Sheffield’s Students union has been voted the best in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for the last 7 years. The Students' Union has recently been expanded and includes study spaces; night clubs; a cinema; cafes; shops; and vital support services, including an advice centre and a nursery for students with young children. It boasts over 300 clubs and societies, from the student newspaper to mountain climbing, and anyone who can’t find the club or society they want can start their own. The University’s award-winning Sheffield Volunteering scheme offers students the chance to work with schools and charities. The Student Advice Centre provides free, confidential advice from highly trained professionals. They can help with issues such as managing money, housing contracts, and academic and welfare matters, and the Job Shop helps students looking for part-time work. The Students' Union isn't just about access to great services, it exists to represent students’ interests and relies heavily on their involvement. Students elect Union Officers and a Students' Union Council to make the day-to-day decisions that affect them.
Religion & Spirituality
The chaplaincy at Sheffield offers support to people of all faiths and none. They offer opportunities for worship, prayer and spiritual exploration. The facilities at the chaplaincy include a meeting area and a room for prayer, worship and meditation. The Students’ Union and the Mappin Building also provide Muslim prayer rooms.
Health & Wellbeing
The University has a purpose-built health centre on campus. The University Health Service is a comprehensive general practice, part of the NHS and is open all year round. The University Counselling service (UCS) provides students with free specialist advice and a chance to talk through any problems that currently affect them or have done in the past. Through its Disability and Dyslexia Support Service Sheffield offers individually tailored support to students with learning difficulties or disabilities. This may include help accessing the campus, support managing their workload, support with exams and help recording and understanding the content of taught sessions.
From the very beginning of their degree, students can find support from Sheffield’s careers service. Specialist advisers guide students through what employers are looking for and the ways in which they can meet their criteria. The University has a team dedicated to facilitating entrepreneurial activity. If students have business ideas, they can go to this team for support. They can also take modules in enterprise as part of their degree course. Making Ideas Happen is a module open to most second and third years students and focuses in generating and developing ideas. Careers Management Skills is a module again open to most students and teaches them to plan their career, spot opportunities and market themselves.
Self-catered (per week) (2020/2021)
The University of Sheffield has been voted first in the country for accommodation for two years in a row by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. They offer a quality range of room types, affordable rents and three locations to choose from across the city, all in walking distance from the campus. 85% of their accommodation is located in one of the UK’s most affluent districts, and much of it is new and purpose built. Accommodation includes bills, free Internet and contents insurance. Students also benefit from Residence Life events, sports activities and support from Residence Mentors.
Sheffield’s student villages, located in the suburbs to the west of the city, offer a range of catered and self-catering properties. There's a mix of more traditional converted houses and Victorian mansions alongside modern apartments and flats. The Endcliffe Village boasts great facilities and services including two bars, a dining room, café, internet café, launderettes, study space, IT facilities and tennis courts. Rents here range from £96 a week for self-catering flats with shared bathrooms to £159 for en suit catered accommodation. The Ranmoor Village, home to around 1,000 students, offers modern en-suite self-catering apartments priced between £126 and £155 a week. All properties in the city and central campus area are self-catering, with a range of modern purpose-built apartments and have the benefit of being close to campus. Here prices range between £99 and £136 a week depending on en suite.
Arts, Law, Social Sciences, Urban & Planning
Archaeology, East Asian Studies, Geography, Journalism, Landscape, Maths, Music
Science, Engineering, Architecture
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language University of Sheffield asks for:
|IELTS Academic module||Overall score of 6.5 or above with at least 5.5 in each component|
|PTE Academic||Overall score of 61 or above, with at least 51 in each component|
|CAE||Overall score of 176 or above, with at least 162 in each component|
|CPE||Overall score of 176 or above, with at least 162 in each component|
|University of Sheffield English Proficiency Test||Overall score of 65% or above, with at least 55% in each component|
|TOEFL iBT||Overall score of 88 or above, with at least 17 in Listening, 17 in Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking|
There are over 6,500 international students studying at Sheffield from over 117 countries. When international students arrive in England they can pre-book for the University’s meet and greet service, which runs from Manchester Airport. The Intro Week, at the beginning of September, gives students the chance to learn more about student life in Sheffield. Some events are run through academic departments and others are more social. Many of the national societies host welcome events for new students to introduce themselves and tell you what they do during the year.
The University's International Student Support Services help with a wide range of student related activities including academic, financial, immigration, personal and social issues. There are three specially trained immigration advisers who can provide information for students before their arrival in Sheffield. Their services are open to all international students during their time at the university. Furthermore, the Union's Student Advice Centre provides information, advice and representation on all issues affecting students during their time at university.
English language support is available free to all international students at Sheffield. Prior to their degree, students can also study on a range of courses at the university’s English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC).