Entry requirements

We have been welcoming students from around the world for many years and our staff are very familiar with the many education systems and qualifications.

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

The information below is for guidance only - if you would like further advice please get in touch. Please be aware, however, that final decisions can only be made upon receipt of an official application.


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

We welcome applications from students studying a range of international qualifications at Level 3 or above that offer suitable preparation for study at the University. Details of the qualifications that we consider for entry can be found on the following webpages:

A Levels

Accepted EU and International qualifications

If you cannot find the required information for your country or qualification, please get in touch.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry at undergraduate level, our International College provides undergraduate foundation programmes.

Undergraduate pathway programmes at the University of Sheffield International College

The University of Sheffield International College provides International Foundation Year programmes specifically for international students who want to progress to the University of Sheffield. Upon successful completion, students can progress to an undergraduate degree. Students can choose to study an International Foundation Year in the following subjects:

 International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

 International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering

 International Foundation Year in Dentistry

Postgraduate Taught Programmes e.g. MA, MSc

Holders of a good bachelor degree from a recognised university will be considered for direct admission to postgraduate diploma or Masters programmes. Most postgraduate courses require a UK 2:1 or equivalent for entry, but some courses may consider 2:2 grades. Please see our course finder for specific course requirements. 

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry at postgraduate level, our International College provides pre-Masters programmes.

The score required will depend on the university you have attended and the course you have applied to study.

Postgraduate degree pathway programmes at the University of Sheffield International College

The University of Sheffield International College provides Pre-Masters programmes specifically for international students who want to progress to the University of Sheffield. Upon successful completion, students can progress to a postgraduate degree. Students can choose to study a Pre-Masters in the following subjects:

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

With around 2,000 postgraduate research students from over 100 different countries, Sheffield is one of the leading centres for research training in the UK.

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You will usually need a bachelors degree AND a masters degree from a recognised university in a relevant subject for entry. Some courses may consider a bachelors degree on its own if it is combined with relevant research experience. Please see our departmental web pages for specific course requirements. 


English language requirements

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 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent for undergraduate courses and IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in each component for postgraduate courses. Please note that some departments may require a higher score.

English language entry requirements

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