International students

International students

Our department's top research ranking (rated number one in the UK for medically related research - Research Excellence Framework 2014) and our reputation for quality teaching (24/24 in the most recent governmental review) attract students and staff from all over the world. We provide a friendly and supportive environment for students from many countries, cultures and backgrounds, and this page tells you more about how you can join us as an international student.


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

In general, you must have three A-levels at grades AAB to get a place on our BSc courses, or AAA for our MBiomedSci / BSc Year Abroad courses. However, we do accept qualification from other countries and applications from NCUK students – click the links below.

Entry requirements for our courses

International Students pages:

English language requirements

These are some of the English language qualifications and score that we accept, but we might be able to consider alternatives.

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): Average of 7 or above with a score of at least 6 in each component

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 100 or above, with a score of at least 22 in each component (internet-based test only)

University of Sheffield English Proficiency Test (USEPT, graded as equivalent to IELTS): Between 6.5 and 7 with a score of at least 6 in the 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 happens 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

You can also take part in the the University of Sheffield's Host Scheme, which is designed to bring together students and staff from the UK and other countries for informal cultural exchange.

Host Scheme

What our students think

Jinheng Lin

Jinheng LinJinheng Lin
International Student
BSc Biomedical Science. Graduated 2016.

I have to say that I am enjoying the BMS course more than I thought I would when I clicked “Accept Offer” on UCAS. BMS at Sheffield was actually my last choice, as I applied mainly to read medicine, and failed to secure any other offers. I never would have thought that I would later fall in love with the course.

My satisfaction with BMS stems largely from its highly intriguing content, with subjects ranging from the molecular interactions of biological factors to the broader picture of genome evolution. At Sheffield, the BMS course centres around the mechanisms of human diseases, with the majority of lecture contents linking to how diseases arise when a specific mechanism in an organism goes wrong. I am also grateful for the highly integrated practical classes, allowing me to practice the laboratory techniques and theoretical knowledge explored in lectures. Furthermore, most of the lecturers BMS are professionals working in the forefront of biomedical research, and therefore are able to bring research case studies with real world application as well as the latest breakthroughs into the lecture contents.

As a leading research university, the University of Sheffield was ranked first in the UK for quality and impact in medical research, and we were top 5 for our biological science research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Therefore, Sheffield is the perfect fit for someone who is avidly intrigued by scientific discoveries and would like to take the first step into a career in biomedical science research. I am quite certain myself, especially after completing a summer research placement with the department that I thoroughly enjoyed, that I would pursue further knowledge in the field by enrolling in a PhD programme as a stepping-stone into a research career.

Outside of the course, the university prides itself with its student’s union, which was ranked first in the country for several consecutive years. There are hundreds of student societies to choose from, and so you are almost guaranteed to find people who share your interests. Lots and lots of activities planned by the student’s union and various societies go on all year long, and so there is always something to do outside of your academic life. In addition, the variety of bars and clubs in town ensures that the nightlife in Sheffield is simply amazing.

The university is also very supportive of international students; the undergraduate community hosts over 5000 international students from 125 countries. There are national societies for almost every country or region, full of friendly people from your culture to help adjust to the life in a foreign world. The student advice centre offers free advice sessions for a variety of problems you may face, including visa issues and student finances.

Sheffield as a city is very relaxing to live in, especially for someone like me who is tired of the fast-paced lifestyle in metropolises. By day, the beautiful scenery of Weston Park and Winter Garden provides a peaceful escape from stressful university workload, while also having many cafes and shops to visit, shop, and socialise. By night, West Street comes alive with a great selection of pubs and restaurants, bringing the city centre a noisy and lively vibe. People here are extremely friendly, and Sheffield is also one of the safest cities in the UK; the city won’t be too difficult to settle into.

In short, the BMS course is high intriguing and practical; the department is very research-focused, and thus paves a great path towards a research career; the university is lively and diverse; the city is cosy and friendly. You won’t regret an education here.

Gimhani Weerakkody

Gimhani R WeerakkodyGimhani Weerakkody
International Student
BSc Biomedical Science. 2012-2015.

As an international student from Sri Lanka, coming to a whole new country miles away to attend university is both exciting and overwhelming. Surprisingly, settling down in Sheffield was very easy! I am glad to say that Sheffield is one of the safest and friendliest cities in the country. I spent my first year of university at Endcliffe Village, which is one of the three university accommodations available for students. It is a really beautiful place with a lot of greenery and ducks! If you ever feel like you are too lazy to cook there is a village shop and a café which serves pizza right in the village. There are also a variety of restaurants, bars and pubs that you can visit with your friends. One thing I absolutely love about the university is its vibrant cultural diversity. If you come to Sheffield you will get to meet students from across the globe and learn about different countries and cultures, which is always fascinating for me.

The Student’s Union has been voted the country’s best union for many years now. It has many societies and extra-curricular activities that you can be a part of depending on your interests. If you’re unsure about which societies or extra-curricular activities to join, the “Give It A Go” programme will give you the opportunity to get a taste of different societies and activities to help make up your mind. I have been an active member of the Sri Lankan Society and have taken part in various events such as World Food Fest and International Cultural Evening, which are events organised by the International Students’ Committee. There are also many volunteering opportunities you can get involved in by visiting the union’s volunteering office. Last year I became a volunteer for Computer Club (which involves interacting with autistic children).

This year, a few others and I will be taking over as the project leaders of Computer Club, which I know will be a hugely rewarding experience. The Information Commons is the university library that is open 24/7, so you have access to study spaces and books any day of the week at any time! Last year the university was voted no. 1 in the country for student experience!

Choosing to study Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield was an easy decision to make as it is one of the top universities in the country for research. The lecturers are active scientific researchers and brilliant teachers. As their students, we are always kept up-to-date about all the latest scientific findings. They are easy to get a hold of and are very helpful if you need extra help on certain topics you find difficult. For me, the course got more interesting as I went from one level to the next, so I can happily say that I am really looking forward to my final year of study! So far what I have enjoyed the most was learning about the human anatomy and carrying out dissections in Level 2.

It has been two years since I have been here in Sheffield but it feels like my first day at university was just yesterday. Studying Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield has given me the opportunity to learn about topics that I am interested in and make some amazing friends from around the world. It has helped me build my confidence and become more independent. I have also learned to balance my studies with extra-curricular activities, while having a good time with my friends. I am greatly enjoying my student experience here at the University of Sheffield.