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Firth Court
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Research Excellence Framework

Our research is world leading

Sheffield has a global reputation for pioneering research that makes a difference around the world.


The 2014 Research Excellence Framework puts us in the top 10 per cent of UK universities.

World-leading research

Arts & Humanities research

The music album, reinvented

We worked with international pop icon Björk to help create Biophilia, the first interactive music album for mobile devices.

Reinventing the album
Björk: Biophilia
BIOMASS: measuring forest carbon from space

Science research

Mission to measure the world's forests

Our BIOMASS project with the European Space Agency will revolutionise our understanding of the role of forests and carbon in the climate system.

BIOMASS mission

A world top-100 university

We’re known for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of our research-led learning and teaching.

Professor Noel Sharkey

Engineering research

The ethics of autonomous weapons

Our robotics expert Professor Noel Sharkey has led extensive research into autonomous weapons systems – and their threat to humanity.

Driving global policy

Medicine, dentistry and health research

Pioneering heart study

Our groundbreaking study shows that treating heart attack patients with the drug ticagrelor could halve the risks of stents blocking with blood clots.

Improved treatments
Heart: 3D image of human

Study with us

Learn from world-leading academics at the University of Sheffield.

Social Sciences research

Olympic field of dreams

Professor Nigel Dunnett and Professor James Hitchmough, the leading exponents of perennial meadows in the UK, created the UK’s largest ever man-made wildflower meadows.

250-acre Olympic Park
Professor Nigel Dunnett
Aerodisc machining at the AMRC

Advanced manufacturing research

Manufacturing expertise

We’re helping Rolls-Royce transform the production of components in some of the world’s most advanced passenger jets.

Pioneering manufacturing at the AMRC

Our research impact

Discover how we’re making a difference.