Prospective International and European Union Masters Students

Intensive, one-year Masters programmes in one of the UK's most vibrant cities

If you choose to join us as an international student at the University of Sheffield to study for one of our intensive, one-year Masters programmes you will be joining a thriving community of over 5000 international students, in the heart of a vibrant and welcoming city.

In 2017, the University of Sheffield was voted Number One Russell Group university for Student Experience in the UK (Times Higher Education Survey). You'll be living and studying in Sheffield, cradle of the industrial revolution set in the foothills of The Peak District - England's oldest national park - providing you with all the benefits of a major city with beautiful countryside in easy reach.

Millennium Square, Sheffield

The Peak District

Students at Matera

Why Sheffield?

Sheffield is at the heart of England, only two hours from London by train, and one hour from Manchester. It is a very student-friendly city with all the attractions of a big city including the Sheffield Steelers (our own Ice Hockey team), two football clubs, shopping and nightlife. However, Sheffield is still small enough to enable you to get around very easily, and is an affordable to live in with a wide range of great student accommodation. Year on year, Sheffield is shown by government figures to be both one of the greenest and the safest major cities in England.

Find out more...

Visit Welcome to Sheffield, Sheffield City Council's visitor website, for up to the minute information about the city of Sheffield, including all the latest activities and events

Arrange to visit the University and Department to find out first hand what makes us so special

Contact us to arrange a telephone or Skype call with your chosen programme director or our Head of Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Canadian Masters student Michael McCready tells us about his experience as an international Archaeology student at Sheffield.

An International Community

The Department of Archaeology contributes significantly to the diversity that makes Sheffield such a wonderful place to study and a Masters degree in Archaeology here will immerse you in a truly international environment. Many of the people that will be teaching you, our staff and researchers, hail from the EU and North America.

Our international outlook is reflected the global reach of our research - as well as a strong presence in European, especially Mediterranean, archaeological research, we also have forged strong links with institutions in the Americas, Africa and China. Below are some examples of international research projects we are currently undertaking.

Our postgraduate taught courses provide you with the opportunity to build an international group of friends and archaeological contacts for the future. One half of our 2015-16 cohort of Archaeology Masters students come from overseas and a further fifth from European Union countries.

I chose Sheffield for a Master’s degree due to the international reputation of the Archaeology department. The university’s overall dedication to internationality was also a factor in my decision. The archaeology department at Sheffield is a wonderful place to study, the interactions between students and staff members is so constructive and this reflects throughout the successes of the department.

Kate fitzpatrick, MA Cultural Materials

From the UK

Kate Fitzpatrick

Ashley Magana

Having applied to five universities in the UK and being accepted by all, I had a tough decision to make. I chose the University of Sheffield for a number of reasons, more so for its Archaeology Department. Coming from an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, I wanted to choose a university that would not only set the foundation for an archaeological background, but also to prepare me for a PhD programme, especially in my interest-- Bronze Age weaponry in Britain and Ireland.

Ashley Magana, MA Archaeology

From the United States

International Research

The Department has active research projects across Europe and further afield in Africa and Asia. Read more about a small sample of our European and International research projects by clicking on the links below. Full details of all our current research projects can be found in the Research section of our website.

South African Palaeocave Survey

South African Cave Survey



Sinop Kale



Castell Luzzo, Memola project

"Sheffield is an ideal place for archaeological research. The teachers here encourage us to study and explore and give us the broadest archaeological perspective, so that we can understand the past of mankind in the world, see the diversity of human history, and learn experts' and scholars’ different perspectives and approaches of archaeological research."

Xuan Wang, from China, MA Archaeology Student

Frequently asked questions

Do I have the necessary qualifications?

Select your country to find out about international entry requirements for Masters study.

What fees will I pay and are there any scholarships or awards available?

Your fees will depend on whether you are an EU citizen or are from outside the EU. For full details of tuition fees and scholarships and awards for international and EU students, see the fees and funding information. If you are an international applicant, you are also strongly advised to select your country from the list and consult the scholarships information in order to find out whether you are eligible for a country-specific fee reduction award or scholarship scheme.

What level of English language will I need?

To study at Sheffield you must be able to show you meet the necessary English language requirements - find out about these here.

What visa will I need and what support can the University offer in obtaining it?

You must have the appropriate visa to study in the United Kingdom. Visit the University's pages for your country for help and guidance on visa requirements.

How do I apply for a postgraduate course as an international student?

The University provides detailed information about how to apply for a place on one of our postgraduate courses as an international student.

PhD study

Many of our international Masters students choose to stay at Sheffield following successful completion of their Masters degrees in order to study for a PhD. Each year, our Masters students are invited to a workshop on applying for a PhD in which this process is explained and support is given to those who wish to make an application.

Postgraduate Research Scholarships for international and European Union students are available to assist you in funding your PhD studies.

In this video, three of our PhD students; Hannah from the United States, Laura from Spain and Giulia from Italy discuss their experiences of staying on at Sheffield to study for a PhD.