Frequently asked questions
Studying away from home - and for some, overseas - is a major undertaking, both personally and financially. Our staff are on hand to help support you throughout the entire application process.
Below are some common questions that our students frequently ask, but if you have any further questions then please don't hesitate to contact our Postgraduate Taught Courses Team.
- How much study time will I be allocated?
- Are there any exams?
- How will I be supported with my studies?
- Is funding available for my course?
- When can I apply?
- Do I need ATAS?
- How do I find somewhere to live?
- Will I be able to take a part-time job while studying?
- How long does my course last?
- The UK has voted to leave the EU - what does this mean for my application?
How much study time will I be allocated?
There are 20 - 24 hours of lectures each week during the taught part of the course. Once lectures have finished, you will work exclusively on your research project.
Yes, there are exams. Some modules are assessed by examination only, some just by coursework, and others by a mixture of the two.
You will have a supervisor for your research project who will act as your tutor.
Your course director and the Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses will be available to discuss aspects of your course as well as the Departmental Postgraduate Student Support Officer.
The University also offers extensive support for a range of issues.
Is funding available for my course?
University scholarships are available for Home, EU and International students.
Further information can be found on our fees and funding page.
When can I apply?
You can apply for a course up to two years before the course starts.
There is no deadline to apply but you must make sure that you have enough time to meet any conditions of an offer plus arrange a visa (if an overseas student) and find somewhere to live in Sheffield.
Do I need ATAS?
For some of our courses, you will require ATAS. When you receive an offer, information for the ATAS application will be included in the offer letter if it is required.
How do I find somewhere to live?
As long as you meet certain conditions, all taught masters students are guaranteed a place in University-owned or partnership accommodation.
The majority of University accommodation (85%) is in one of the UK's most affluent districts, with most of the buildings recently purpose-built. 82% of the rooms are ensuite.
The student residences are within walking distance of campus, with places available in the city centre, just a short walk from lectures.
Sheffield also has an extensive range of private rented accommodation, offering alternative accommodation to the University properties.
Will I be able to take a part-time job while studying?
You are able to work on a part-time basis although you need to be aware of how much time you will need to spend on studying, both in lectures and tutorials and self-study.
How long does my course last?
All our MSc courses last for a full year, from September to September.
The UK has voted to leave the EU - what does this mean for my application?
The government has stated that eligible current students will continue to receive student finance for the duration of their course. The Master’s Loans launched on 28 June 2016 are also still available to eligible EU students. Please see the statement on the Student Loans Company website for more information.
The University’s decision about a student’s fee status is determined by Government legislation. The current legislation states that ‘home’ student fees also apply to students from the EU. If you want to find out more about fees please see our Tuition Fees information.
We do not expect this situation to change during the transition period (minimum of two years from when the UK formally notifies the European Union of its decision to leave the Union).
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