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International students

With an international reputation for research and top-class teaching, the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield attracts students from all over the world. This page explains how you could join them, and tells you about life in Sheffield.

Visit the University of Sheffield's International Students pages to find out about visa requirements, funding opportunities and other information specific to your country.


You can apply to do one of our degrees through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Visit the How to apply page to find out how it all works. Alternatively, you can contact us with any questions.

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Entry requirements

To get a place on most of our three-year BSc courses, you must have three A-levels at grades AAB, or equivalent, and for our four year MBiolSci courses you must have three A-levels at grades AAA, or equivalent. We do accept qualification from other countries – click the links below.

Entry requirements for our courses

International Students pages: 

English language requirements

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): Average of 6.5 or above with at least 6 in each component

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Acceptable internet-based test (iBT) scores are detailed here – English Test Comparisons

USEPT (University of Sheffield English Proficiency Test, graded as and equivalent to IELTS): 6.5 to 7.0 with at least 6 in written component

International Students pages:

Fees and funding

Fees for international students can be found on the University's webpages for international students: Fees and scholarships for international students

About Sheffield

Sheffield is one of the safest, cheapest and greenest cities in the UK. The city centre has many shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs.

Cultural attractions include one of the UK's largest regional theatre complexes (Sheffield Theatres), the biggest independent cinema outside London (Showroom Cinema) and a major city centre music festival (Tramlines).

Sports fans can see rugby, ice hockey and basketball teams competing nationally, two major football teams (Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United) and the annual World Snooker Championships at the Crucible.

The picturesque Peak District is only a few minutes from the city centre and includes one of the most popular national parks in the world.

More about student life in Sheffield

About the University

The University of Sheffield is one of the UK's top universities, known for its inspiring teaching and ground-breaking research. Our Students' Union is regularly voted the best in the country for its vast range of sports clubs, societies and evening entertainment. Plus, we have accommodation that is safe, affordable and managed by friendly staff.

Settling in – what will happen when you arrive?

There is lots of support available to international students when they come to Sheffield. You can be picked up from Manchester airport when you arrive and take part in a range of activities in your first week to help you get to know the city, the university and other students.

For all the time you are studying, you will have a personal tutor in the department who you can go to with any problems. The university also has a Student Services Information Desk to help with any academic, financial, personal or social issues, with specially trained immigration advisers.

The Students' Union has its own Student Advice Centre and the university also provides health and wellbeing support through the University Health Service and the University Counselling Service.

More about settling in at Sheffield