Entry requirements for students from India

The University of Sheffield accepts a number of different qualifications from India. Some of the most common are listed below. If your qualification is not listed here, please contact us.

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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, in line with UKVI regulations, is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent for Bachelors and 6.5 or equivalent at Masters level.  Please note that some departments may require a higher score. Standard XII English Language with at least 70% or above is generally accepted also. Please note that some departments may require a higher score.

English language entry requirements

The information below is for guidance only - if you would like further advice please contact The India Team.  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

A variety of qualifications can be considered for direct admission to undergraduate bachelor degree programmes.

Indian Standard XII

Applicants with a minimum aggregate of 75% and 75-80% in key subjects at Standard XII will typically be considered for direct admission to undergraduate degree programmes.

See the international qualifications page for more guidance on equivalency.

Please note some departments will require a higher score. 

For Medicine A100: A minimum of 85% overall is required. To include 85% in Chemistry and another science. In addition A grades in A level Chemistry and another science are also required as well as the UKCAT.

A Levels

Applicants with a minimum of 3 A levels will be considered for direct admission to undergraduate programmes. Required scores and subjects vary from course to course and can be found in our online prospectus.

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate diploma holders will be considered for direct admission to undergraduate programmes. Required scores and subjects vary from course to course and can be found in our online prospectus.

Undergraduate degree 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:


Postgraduate Taught Programmes e.g. MA, MSc

For entry to Postgraduate Taught Programmes e.g. MA, MSc

You will usually need a 3 or 4 year bachelors degree from a recognised university in a relevant subject for entry. 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. 

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

UK degree classification International equivalent (India)
First class Honours 65% - 70%
2:1 (Upper Second Class Honours) 55% - 60%
2:2 (Lower Second Class Honours) 50% - 55% 

MBA applicants

As well as suitable qualifications (as per the information above) at least 3 years post-graduation work experience in a relevant position will be necessary for direct admission to our triple accredited MBA.

Why not visit our MBA web pages to find out more.

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 an postgraduate degree. Students can choose to study a Pre-Masters in the following subjects:


Postgraduate Research Programmes e.g. MPhil, PhD

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.

Search for a research area

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. 

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