Why study at Sheffield?

Our reputation - Study facilities - Your student experience - Our research centres

Our Reputation

At our university you will be part of a world top 100 institution. We pride ourselves on making a global impact with our research. Within our Faculty alone there are a number of departments that have been ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for their research.

  • The University of Sheffield is among the top ten in the Russell Group of leading UK research universities
  • 99% of research at Sheffield was assessed as internationally recognised or better in the most recent REF (Research Excellence Framework)
  • We are ranked 15th in the UK according to the 2015-16 Times Higher and 80th in the world in the 2015 QS World University Rankings

Our students have voted us No.1 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014-15.

The extraordinary people, teaching, opportunities and city make your experience at Sheffield unrivalled anywhere in the UK. Here our students, staff and partners explain just why we're number one.

What our students say

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Study Facilities

Our Faculty has recently invested £8M in buildings and student facilities, including the creation of an open-plan social learning hub, a sector-leading clinical skills centre, and a new health sciences library.

Our departments have all the resources you need and have strong links to the local NHS hospitals so courses include opportunities to work with patients and volunteers. We have purpose built facilities including the Academic Unit of Reproductive Medicine, The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience and The Dental School which has high end facilties and is currently investing in Haptic Technology for teaching operative and endodontic procedures.

We have many libraries across campus including the information Commons (IC). The IC is one of few libraries in the U.K that remains open 24 hours, 365 days a year so, you can work whenever it suits you.

Need a break? Western Bank library overlooks one of Sheffield’s many green spaces and most of our libraries also have cafes so you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat at any time.

The University has invested £81 million in the new Diamond building that will offer further learning spaces and facilities to all students and departments 24 hours a day. Construction work on The Diamond is now well underway and it’s on target to open in time for our September 2015 student intake

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cafe 1828 at the Medical School The Diamond building project

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Your student experience

Our city

Sheffield is one of the largest cities in the UK, but is often referred to as a big village. Sheffield is known for being a friendly city with a community feeling.
There is something for everyone ranging from large shopping centres to local independent shops and market events. There are plenty of green spaces to enjoy close to campus, and we are only a short bus ride away from the Peak district a scenic national park. Find out more about Sheffield

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Students' unionStudents' Union

Sheffield Students' Union is consistently voted the best students union in the UK by student surveys including the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. The Union has cafes, shops, bars and is home to over 300 sports clubs/societies that you can be a part of.

If you want to try something new and meet new friends, getting involved with Sheffield Students' Union is definitely for you. The 'Give it a go' program offers a taste of everything, from canoeing to zumba! Our sports teams and student societies offer the chance to become more involved in an area of your choice.

Find out more about the Students' Union

Students' Union Foyer and balcony


Our University accommodation was voted best in the UK by students in the 2011 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey and we were named Best Student Housing at the 2012 College and University Business Officers (CUBO) awards. More information about Accommodation

Supporting your learning

We offer a comprehensive network of support services throughout your studies. As well as your supervisor or personal tutor, you can get help from the Careers Service, the University Health Service, Disability & Dyslexia Support and the University Counselling Service. We also have child care support and help for a wide variety of issues, both personal and study-related, via our Student Support and Information Service.

Peer mentor scheme

If you are a research student you can apply to be paired with a mentor who will help you settle into the University and give you a first hand advice on what it is like to carry out your research with us. Find out more about the Peer mentor scheme

Doctoral Development Programme

All postgraduate research students are required to engage with the Doctoral Development Programme (DDP). The programme has been designed to help you develop specialist and transferable skills which will enhance your research and your employability. Visit the Doctoral Development Programme website

Writing advisory service

This service is here to help improve the writing skills of both our home and international students. Find out more about the resources you will have access to at our University

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Our Research Centres

view key research fields in our faculty

Florey Institute for Host-Pathogen Interactions

We have links with the NHS through Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, which has one of the largest regional infectious disease units in the UK. Projects at the Florey Institute are multidisciplinary – with microbiologists, physical scientists, engineers and
mathematicians all working together. Antimicrobial resistance and the need for new vaccines are big global problems. By combining the unique expertise of scientists and clinicians in Sheffield, we can address these major medical challenges. 


Centre for Assistive Technology & Connected Healthcare

CATCH is researching new user-friendly technologies to enable people to live independently. CATCH builds on the track record of successful interdisciplinary and translational research across the University of Sheffield, bringing together and coordinating expertise across health research, engineering, psychology, computer science, architecture and social science. 

Musculosketal Ageing Research centre

The MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) is a collaboration between researchers and clinicians at the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle. The Centre brings together complementary and specialist expertise in skeletal muscle, bone, cartilage and tendon biology, ageing research, nutrition and exercise interventions, and clinical excellence in musculoskeletal disorder. 

Sheffield Cancer Research CentreThe Sheffield Cancer Research Centre is one of 18 Cancer Centres in the UK. Our centre is distinct, in terms of scope and research expertise, from other research groupings within the United Kingdom. We pride ourselves in the ground-breaking research done in Bone Oncology, Tumour Microenvironment and Cancer Genetics. 

Institute for in silico Medicine

The Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine is a collaborative initiative between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is a multi-disciplinary institute working to develop computer simulations of disease processes and the human body that can be directly used in clinical practice to improve diagnosis and treatment. Sheffield has become the UK’s main centre for this sophisticated application of computing technology in healthcare and Insigneo is Europe’s largest biomedical engineering research centre. 

The Melanby Centre for bone research

The Mellanby Centre is at the forefront of basic, translational and clinical bone research. This makes the Mellanby Centre for Bone Research unique in the UK, and one of only a small number of institutes worldwide.The centre brings together researchers from many disciplines across the University for collaborative work on Clinical research into skeletal diseases from childhood through to the elderly person. 

Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience

SITraN is an essential development in the fight against motor neuron disease and other common neurodegenerative disorders of the motor system. SITraN is one of the world leading centres for research into neurodegenerative disorders. From basic neuroscience research to novel therapies and clinical trials - SITraN aims to improve the lives of patients and their families worldwide. 

The Bateson Centre

The Bateson Centre (formerly known as The Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics) provides an innovative research environment by stimulating interaction between basic and clinical scientists with a shared vision of discovering how the body changes in both health and disease. Our understanding of human biology has been transformed by the realisation that we  share many biochemical and cellular processes with organisms such as mice fish and even flies. These model systems help us to understand the process of disease, and to identify, develop and test new drugs that may be able to treat a range of diseases in the future. 

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