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In the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield, we believe that our teaching and research are strengthened by our international links. We currently have more than 250 overseas students from more than 40 different countries. Our academic staff have come from across Europe and as far as Asia and South America to conduct research and teach the next generation of mathematicians. Many of our staff from the UK have either worked or studied at universities abroad too.

New international students join our degree programmes every year. Through the University of Sheffield International College and our partnership with Nanjing Tech University, we have been able to offer alternative routes to studying mathematics at the University of Sheffield. Undergraduate students also have the chance to spend a year of their degree studying mathematics and statistics in another country, for a truly global experience.

Mathematics is an international subject, and our international diversity allows us to tap into a wide pool of talent to solve problems and bring wider perspectives to our teaching. Our students meet mathematicians and statisticians from lots of different backgrounds, and graduate prepared for the global workforce.

Studying mathematics and statistics at Sheffield

We run a range of undergraduate degree programmes, all of which are open to international students. You can apply for one of these courses through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

Visit our webpages for undergraduate students to find out more about our courses and entry requirements.

Undergraduate study

We also run several masters courses and have a range of PhD opportunities available each year.

Visit our webpages for postgraduate students to find out more about courses, projects, entry requirements, funding and how to apply for a place.

Postgraduate study

Don't meet our entry requirements?

If you are an international student and you don't meet our entry requirements, our International College offers an International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering and a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering. These programmes are designed to develop your academic level, introduce you to the study skills that will be vital to success and help with language if you need it.

Upon successful completion, you can progress to a number of degree programmes in our department.

International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering

Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering

English Language Requirements

If you have not already studied in a country where English is the majority language, it is likely that you will need to have an English language qualification. Our English Language Teaching Centre offers courses for students who are preparing to study at the University of Sheffield.

English Language Teaching Centre

Student story: Weishan Shi

Weishan worked for a pharmaceutical company, where she did statistical analysis of clinical trial results.

She came to Sheffield to improve her statistical skills with our MSc Statistics with Medical Applications course.

MSc Statistics: Student stories

Undergraduate study: Student stories

International solar collaboration

Researchers from our Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre worked with scientists at the Swedish Solar Telescope facility on La Palma, in the Canary Islands, to capture images of the Sun’s largest solar flare in more than 12 years.

News: Scientists observe largest solar flare in 12 years

Sharing expertise in Kenya


Dr Sam Marsh, Dr Simon Willerton and Professor Neil Strickland visited the University of Nairobi in Kenya to share their experiences of using videos to teach engineering students – a project that earned the team a runner-up position in the Teaching Excellence category of the Guardian University Awards.

Joint degree programme with Nanjing Tech University

For several years, we have run an innovative '3+1' joint degree programme with Nanjing Tech University.

Students are taught in Nanjing for the first year three years of their degree, with more than a third of teaching given by visiting staff from Sheffield. They then spend their final year studying in Sheffield.

Lei Gao

Joint degree programmes
with Nanjing Tech University

The programme has enabled us to experience a different way of living and studying and provided us with a lot of independence during our time here.

Lei Gao, BSc Financial Mathematics with Nanjing Tech University

Maths students visit China

Our students Elizabeth Sheppeck and James Watkins met Nanjing students when they visited China on behalf of the University.

Nanjing visit

News story: Science students represent University of Sheffield on China trip

Study abroad opportunities

Students on one of our language or study abroad degrees spend their third year studying maths at a top institution in another country.

We've built up a strong network of universities we work with to make these fantastic opportunities possible for our students.

Mathematics with French, German or Spanish
Mathematics: Study abroad options

VIDEO: Karam Deo spent a year studying in France as part of his Mathematics with French course.

About #WeAreInternational

At the University of Sheffield, we value international students and are passionate about making sure their contribution to our economy and culture is recognised.

That's why the University and Students' Union, led by our Vice-Chancellor and the Students' Union President, launched our #WeAreInternational campaign in 2013. So far, over 160 universities, education institutions and international organisations have backed it.

Find out more