How to apply

Once you've decided which materials science and engineering course you would like to study, you will need to apply via  Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) 

The UCAS code for the University of Sheffield is S18 SHEFD. There is no campus code.

Applications for our undergraduate degree courses starting in September 2017 must be submitted between:

  • 1 September 2016 and 15 January 2017 to be guaranteed equal consideration with other applicants
  • 16 January 2017 and 30 June 2017 for further consideration, although we may not be able to consider your application if all the places on the course you have applied for have been filled

What does the application process entail?

Before you apply

We normally expect applicants to offer three full A Levels or an accepted equivalent qualification. You can check the University's general entry requirements, including which UK and International qualifications we accept and our English language and mathematics requirements, on our Admissions requirements webpage.

English language requirements

International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

We accept the following international qualifications. If you do not have and the required qualification you may be required to take an internationally recognised English language test such as IELTS.

International foundation year

If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry to our undergraduate degree programmes, you can be considered for our Foundation programmes, specifically designed to prepare you for admission to undergraduate courses.


Your application

Applications for places on courses starting the following September should be submitted to UCAS between:

  • 1 September and 15 January to be guaranteed equal consideration with other applicants
  • 16 January and 30 June for further consideration, although we may not be able to consider your application if all the places on the course you have applied for have been filled

You will need to include certain documents to support your application, for example evidence of your previous qualifications and a personal statement. You can supply these simply by uploading them to the relevant sections of your online application. 

If you require a visa to study in the UK, you will need a CAS number to include in your application.


After you apply

After you submit your UCAS application, we check it for accuracy and highlight relevant information, before passing it to our Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Dr Russell Goodall, for consideration.

Your application is also checked for information about your residential category. This determines the level of fee (UK/EU or International) that you will be charged if you are offered a place. If we have a query about your residential category, we will conduct a Fee Status Assessment.

Once we have made a decision on your application, we will send you an email to tell you what that decision is and what you need to do next.

It's worth noting you can check the progress of your application at any time simply by logging back into your form.


How your application is assessed

We look for students who are motivated and inquisitive, and have the necessary academic preparation and personal attributes to benefit from the University's learning environment.

Your application will be assessed primarily, but not solely, by reference to your prior and predicted academic achievements. It will be individually assessed by experienced admissions staff who have been appropriately trained and can exercise discretion in interpreting the range of evidence you have provided.

In assessing your application, we consider:

  • Your qualifications (such as GCSEs, A and AS Levels, and their equivalents)
  • Your predicted grades in future examinations
  • The information in your personal statement
  • Your referee's statement, for confirmation of your academic potential and personal qualities

We also take account of other available information to ensure we have as complete a picture as possible of your potential, such as:

  • Whether you are from a socio-economic group currently under-represented in Higher Education.
  • Whether you have participated in one of our outreach schemes, or have completed our Department for Lifelong Learning (DLL) foundation programme.
  • Any additional information supplied by your school or college that makes reference to extenuating circumstances that may impact, or have impacted, on your studies. Statements should be submitted using our Disrupted Studies form.

Our assessment methods are fair, valid, and applied consistently. We are particularly keen to ensure that all our applicants have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their potential, their achievements and their skills. For details of the additional information we consider in the application process, please refer to our Contextual Data Policy Statement.

Attending an interview

To understand the motivation and personal qualities of applicants, we'll invite you to a Departmental Open Day. This is a great chance to get to know our department better, meet some of our staff and current students, and ask any questions you might have.

The visit will include an informal interview with a member of our academic staff. You don't need to prepare for this, bring anything with you or dress smartly. It's a chance for us to learn more about you and your interests in engineering. We'll also ask you to talk us through some simple questions about the properties and uses of materials, so that we can assess your powers of reasoning and how well you can apply your existing knowledge to unfamiliar situations.


Our decision

We aim to process decisions as quickly as possible. However, given the volume and quality of applications we receive, we are not always able to make a decision immediately. At busy times of the application cycle, particularly towards the October and January deadlines, there may be delays processing applications, both at UCAS and within the University. Where we are not able to make a decision for some time, we will contact you to explain the situation.

Once you've attended an interview, in person or over the phone, you will receive an email from the department to let you know that a decision has been made.

If we have made you an offer, this email will confirm the details of the course on which we have offered you a place, and include information about course content and tuition fees.

Once a decision is made, this is communicated electronically to UCAS. You can view the status of your application through the Track facility on the UCAS website:

UCAS website - track your progress


How we make an offer

All our offers are made by Dr Russell Goodall, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor. 

We are committed to making offers that are appropriate to each applicant and therefore our Admissions Tutor has the discretion to formulate and vary the level of offers made.

We only make offers to students who we believe are capable of benefiting from, and successfully completing, the course.

Conditional offers

Most offers will be based upon the portfolio of qualifications being taken in Year 13 or the last year of secondary education, and will normally be conditional upon achievement in three A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

We recognise that some UK schools and colleges in particular may not be able to offer their students the required range of qualifications and subjects. If this is the case for you, please ask your school or college to indicate any limitations in provision in the reference part of your UCAS application.

We understand that some applicants may have had their number of A/AS Level subjects restricted through specific personal circumstances. If this is the case for you, you should contact us as early as possible to discuss the suitability of your qualifications and the circumstances that have impacted on your studies.

Offers may also be conditional on other, non-academic, conditions such as the receipt of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

If you have any questions about your offer you should contact the Admissions Service directly via our Applicant Information Desk (AiD).

Unconditional offers

Unconditional offers are only made to applicants who have already met all the academic requirements for entry to their chosen course.

All offers are subject to our Terms and Conditions. Terms and Conditions upon Acceptance of an Offer


Your results

We require all applicants to provide evidence of the qualifications upon which the offer of a place is based. If you are taking one of the following qualifications, and you will complete your exams after you have applied to the University, UCAS should provide us with your results automatically.

  • A Levels
  • Scottish Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificates
  • Most BTECs
  • The International Baccalaureate if you have given permission for your results to be shared with UCAS

Where UCAS do not provide us with your results, you will need to supply them to us yourself. You can do this by emailing electronic copies of your certificates/transcripts to us at shefapply@sheffield.ac.uk. You will need to bring the original paper copies with you when you come to the University to start your course (see below).

Processing your results

If you narrowly fail to satisfy the academic conditions of our offer, we may still be able to confirm your place. This will depend on whether we have any places left on the course you have applied for, any extenuating circumstances that may have impacted on your studies, and whether we believe you are sufficiently prepared for the course.

If there are places remaining once the bulk of results have been received in August, your application will be reviewed by our Admissions Tutor in the light of your final results.

Verifying your results

We require proof that students being admitted to the University have achieved the qualifications upon which the offer of a place was based. If UCAS has provided us with your results there is nothing you need to do. However, if you have supplied your results yourself, you should expect to have to present the original paper copies of your transcripts/certificates when you come to register at the University. We will email you to let you know how you can do this.

Students are not allowed to register until their qualifications have been fully verified by the University's central Admissions Service.

Further information

If you have any questions about your application, please contact our admissions team:

Dr Russell Goodall - Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5977
Email: r.goodall@sheffield.ac.uk

Louise Mason - Administrator for Undergraduate Courses
Email: l.c.mason@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5467