Entry requirements for students from Zambia

We have been welcoming students from Zambia for many years and our staff are very familiar with the Zambian 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. The minimum score that is accepted for entry, in line with UKBA regulations, is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. 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 us. 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.

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.

(D)TEVT Advanced Certificate

(D)TEVT Advanced Certificate with good grades will be considered for admissions to undergraduate programmes.

Entry requirements and progression routes will vary so please feel free to contact us for further advice if you are doing this qualification.

If you don't meet the entry requirements:

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

University of Sheffield International College website


Postgraduate Taught Programmes e.g. MA, MSc

Bachelor degree with distinction

Holders of a good bachelor degree with distinction from a recognised Zambian university will be considered for admission to postgraduate taught programmes on a case by case basis.

Masters degree

Masters degree Holders of a good bachelor degree from a recognised Zambian university will be considered for admission to postgraduate taught programmes.

MBA Applicants

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

Applicants with the equivalent of a lower class second degree and considerable work experience may be considered.

Find out more by visiting our MBA web pages?

If you don't meet the entry requirements:

The University of Sheffield International College provides pre-Masters programmes specifically designed for students seeking entry into the University of Sheffield.
University of Sheffield International College website


Postgraduate Research Programmes e.g. MPhil, PhD

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

If you are in any doubt whether you are eligible to study at Sheffield, please contact us.

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