Entry requirements for students from Hong Kong

We have been welcoming students from Hong Kong for many years and our staff are very familiar with the Hong Kong education system and qualifications.

High entrance requirements for our degree programmes at Sheffield reflect the quality of the University.

All applicants are required to have an internationally recognised English language qualification such as IELTS or equivalent. The minimum score that is accepted for entry is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Some departments may require a higher score.

IGCSE/GCSE English Grade C or above are accepted in place of IELTS or equivalent. Some departments may require a higher score.

English language entry requirements - find out more

Should you wish to know the exact English language requirements for your chosen programme, please contact the Hong Kong Team.

The following information is for guidance only.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate Programmes e.g. BSc, BA, BEng/ MEng

A variety of qualifications can be considered for direct admission to undergraduate bachelor degree programmes. All applications for undergraduate programmes should be made through UCAS

GCE A Level
Applicants with a minimum of 3 A levels will be considered for direct admission to undergraduate programmes.

HKALE

Applicants with a minimum of 3 HKALEs will be considered for direct admission to undergraduate programmes.

HKDSE

A range of offers will be made to applicants presenting with the HKDSE, depending on course and specific requirements. Most offers will range from 555 to 544 in core or elective subjects (excluding liberal and general studies).

Competitive subjects, such as Medicine are likely to require a majority of 5* grades.

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate diploma holders will be considered for direct admission to undergraduate programmes.

Other Qualifications:

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University Diploma/Certificate holders may be considered for direct admission to related undergraduate programmes.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University Professional Diploma, Higher Certificate or Higher Diploma holders (including IVE certificate and diploma holders) may be considered for second year entry to undergraduate programmes, on merit.

Honours Diplomas from Hong Kong Baptist College (until 1993) and Lingnan College (until 1991) holders may be considered for second year entry to undergraduate programmes, on merit.

Higher Certificate and Higher Diploma holders will be considered for entry to undergraduate programmes and in many cases will be considered for direct entry to the second year.

Shue Yan College or Lingnan College Diploma and Hang Seng School of Commerce Diploma holders may be considered for direct admission to undergraduate programmes.

Associate Degree holders may be considered for first or second year entry to undergraduate programmes, on merit.

International College

Our International College provides undergraduate foundation programmes specifically designed for students seeking entry into the University of Sheffield.

Find out more about the International College

Postgraduate Taught Programmes e.g. MA, MSc

New! Admissions information: Mandarin web pages for postgraduate taught applicants

Find out more about how to apply to postgraduate taught courses in Mandarin from our Admissions Team's new web pages

Holders of a good bachelor degree from a recognised Hong Kong university will be considered for direct admission to postgraduate diploma or masters programmes.

For Entry to MBA

Holders of a good bachelor degree from a recognised Hong Kong university and at least 3 years´ post-graduation work experience will be considered for direct admission to the MBA. Applicants must be at least 25 years old by the time the programme starts.

International College

Our International College provides pre-masters programmes specifically designed for students seeking entry into the University of Sheffield.

Find out more about the International College

Postgraduate Research Programmes e.g. MPhil, PhD, PhD with Integrated Masters

Holders of a good bachelor degree and a good masters degree from a recognised Hong Kong university will be considered for direct admission to postgraduate research programmes.

If you are in any doubt about whether you are eligible to study at Sheffield, please contact the Hong Kong Team.