The University of Sheffield

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.14 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.17 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.74 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    75.5 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    79.5 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    94.4 / 100.0


  • Granted Royal Charter in 1905 and opened by King Edward VII.
  • Winner of four Queen's Anniversary Prizes in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2007.
  • Former staff and alumni include five Nobel Prize winners.

Location and Transport

  • Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in England, there are 4 trees to every person and 62% of the city is green space.
  • Located in the heart of the UK just 11 km (7 miles) from the Peak District National Park, and two hours from London by train.
  • Sheffield is well served by national road and rail networks and has excellent local transport. The university campus is on the western edge of the city centre and is easy to get to by car, bus and tram.
  • As England's fourth largest city, Sheffield is famously friendly, excellent for student social life and entertainment.

Entry Requirements

  • Sheffield's A-level requirements range from AAA to ABB. See our admissions policy online.

Student Mix

The 27,195 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 70%
  • Postgraduate 30%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 89%
  • Part Time 11%


  • UK 69%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 26%

Student gender

  • Male 51%
  • Female 49%

Course Flexibility

  • The majority of courses offer the chance to study abroad for a semester or a year as part of the degree.
  • There is a strong emphasis on module choice and collaboration between departments with a wide range of dual degrees available.
  • Most courses allow students to tailor their degree to suit their own interests.
  • Some courses offer a year in industry.

Teaching Standards

  • The last Teaching Quality Assessment awarded us grades of 'excellent' in 29 subject areas, a record equalled by only a few other UK universities.
  • The UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education places Sheffield in the highest category for quality.

Research Standards

  • International reputation for world-class research.
  • The Research Excellence Framework 2014 puts Sheffield in the top 10 per cent of all UK universities.
  • 99% of research at Sheffield was assessed as internationally recognised or better by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Academic Strengths

  • 23 submissions to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 were judged to be in the top ten in the Russell Group for the quality of their research outputs.
  • The submission for biomedical sciences achieved particularly outstanding results, coming top in the UK in its Unit of Assessment for subjects allied to healthcare. History, Politics, and Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, were each ranked third best in the country.
  • A further six departments were judged to be in the top five: Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre), Education and Architecture, Landscape and Town and Regional Planning. Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Law and Music were ranked in the top ten amongst other UK higher education institutions.
  • Teaching informed by latest research developments.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • Award-winning £23m Information Commons centre with 500 PCs, wireless access throughout, open 24/7.
  • The university library contains 1.3 million books and journals, with access to a further 435,000 e-books and e-journals.
  • 1,609 computer workstations available for student use.
  • Free access to the internet and email on campus, as well as off-campus access to files and email via the university portal.
  • The Diamond building is the university's largest ever investment in teaching and learning. It is a fantastic place for modern interdisciplinary teaching. As well as specialist engineering teaching facilities, the building will also house a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open-plan learning spaces, library services and social spaces, including a café.

Disability Services

Get information about disability services at Sheffield from:

  • The Hillsborough Centre, Alfred Denny Building, The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN.
  • Telephone 0114 222 1303.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union building underwent a £5-million revamp in 2013 to provide more space and top class facilities for students, staff and visitors.
  • Almost 300  student societies.
  • Club nights and live music events all year round.
  • Cinema.
  • Bars, cafes and shops.
  • Practical help and support.
  • Run by students, for students.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Careers Service runs Jobshop, a walk-in service based in the union, advertising vacancies for students.
  • The Students’ Union itself employs over 500 students every year.

Careers Guidance

  • Right from the first year of your degree, our Careers Service can help you work out what you want to do and how to get there.
  • Our specialist advisers can show you what employers are looking for and how to market yourself – not just your skills and subject knowledge but your personality and your achievements outside the classroom.
  • We also provide opportunities throughout your course to meet employers offering placements, jobs and work experience.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university has invested £81m into the Diamond building – its largest ever investment in teaching and learning – to create a fantastic place for modern interdisciplinary teaching. As well as specialist engineering teaching facilities, the building will also house a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open-plan learning spaces, library services and social spaces, including a café.
  • The university expanded its highly-rated Faculty of Engineering. The £20m Graduate School opened in the Autumn of 2013.
  • The Students’ Union building underwent a £5m revamp in 2013 to provide more space and top class facilities for students, staff and visitors.
  • The Management school moved to a new location in 2013. The new facilities will act as a dynamic hub, which will stimulate study, thought and the proactive exchange of ideas. Its new facilities are of a very high calibre and are designed to benefit students in their taught and independent study at every level.
  • Newly refurbished grade II Art Tower reopened in September 2011.
  • State-of-the-art £12m research institute SITraN unveiled in November 2010, setting up Sheffield to become a world leader for research into motor neurone disease.
  • £3.4m development of the iconic Western Bank Library was completed in February 2010.

Notable Alumni

  • Sir Donald Bailey (1901–85) – inventor of the famous World War II Bailey Bridge.
  • Carol Barnes (1944–2008) – newscaster.
  • The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP – MP for Sheffield Brightside.
  • Lee Child – crime fiction novelist.
  • Stephen Daldry, CBE – director of films Billy Elliott, The Hours, and The Reader. Artistic Director of Royal Court Theatre (1992-1998)
  • David Davies, OBE – former Executive Director of the Football Association.
  • Jessica Ennis – Great Britain Heptathlete – Olympic Heptathlon Champion, London 2012. European Heptathlon Champion, Barcelona 2010. World Heptathlon Champion, Berlin 2009.
  • Martin Fry – lead singer with 80s pop band ABC.
  • Nicci Gerrard – author (also writes as Nicci French)
  • Joanne Harris – award-winning author of books including Chocolat.
  • Penny Hughes – Past-President, Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Eddie Izzard – comedian, actor.
  • Amy Johnson (1903–41) – pioneering aviator of the 1930s.
  • The Rt. Hon Lord Justice Maurice Kay – Lord Justice of Appeal.
  • Sir Hans Kornberg – Master of Christ's College, Cambridge (1982–1995), world-famous biochemist.
  • Sir Harry Kroto – Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1996.
  • Vanessa Lawrence, CB – Director General of Ordnance Survey.
  • Hilary Mantel, CBE, FRSL – author and winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009.
  • Sir Peter Middleton – Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Chairman of Camelot.
  • John O'Leary – former editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement.
  • The Rt Hon Lady Justice Rafferty, DBE – Lord Justice of Appeal.
  • Sir Richard Roberts – Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology (1993).
  • Jack Rosenthal (1931–2004) – playwright.
  • Helen Sharman, OBE – Britain's first astronaut.
  • Rachel Shelley – star of Emmy nominated TV show The L Word and of Oscar nominated movie Lagaan.
  • Linda Smith (1958–2006) – comedienne.
  • David Wetherall – former Premiership footballer at Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford City.
  • Howard Wilkinson – former football manager at Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday.

Further Details

Address The University of Sheffield
Western Bank
S10 2TN
UCAS Code S18