International students

Our international reputation for research and excellent teaching attracts students and staff from all over the world. In the last Research Excellence Framework, 89% of our research was rated at world-leading or internationally excellent. We're one of the top ten Russell Group mathematics departments for research output.

Students come from all over the world to boost their mathematical and statistical skills with one of our established MSc courses. Through our PhD programme we're building an international community of bright new researchers.

Visit the University of Sheffield's International Students pages to find out about visa requirements, funding opportunities and other information specific to your country: Prospective international students

Related: Postgraduate taught courses for international studentsPostgraduate research for international students


To become a postgraduate student with us, you need to fill in one of the University's application forms. There are different forms for MSc courses, PhD opportunities and our Graduate Certificate in Statistics.

Masters courses: How to apply

PhD opportunities: How to apply

Graduate Certificate in Statistics: Application form

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our masters courses vary between courses, and we cover some of the background knowledge we expect you to have on the webpages for these courses. Entry requirements for our PhD programme depend on the project you wish to pursue.

For our MSc courses and our PhD opportunities, we can accept qualifications from many different countries as equivalent to our standard entry requirements. You can find out which qualifications we accept from your country on the University's International Students pages: 

English language requirements

The English language qualifications that we accept are given below, but we may be able to consider alternatives. If you don't meet these requirements, you can study one of our English Language Preparation Programmes.

MSc – International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of
6 in each component, or equivalent

PhD – International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): Average of 6.5 or above with a score of at least 5.5 in each component

International Students pages:

Fees and funding

Up-to-date fees information and funding opportunities for international students can be found on the University's International Students pages:

About Sheffield

Sheffield is one of the safest, cheapest and greenest cities in the UK. The city centre has many shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs.

Cultural attractions include one of the UK's largest regional theatre complexes (Sheffield Theatres), the biggest independent cinema outside London (Showroom Cinema) and a major city centre music festival (Tramlines).

Sports fans can see rugby, ice hockey and basketball teams competing nationally, two major football teams (Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United) and the annual World Snooker Championships at the Crucible.

The picturesque Peak District is only a few minutes from the city centre and includes one of the most popular national parks in the world.

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About the University

The University of Sheffield is one of the UK's top universities, known for its inspiring teaching and ground-breaking research. Our Students' Union is regularly voted the best in the country for its vast range of sports clubs, societies and evening entertainment. Plus, we have accommodation that is safe, affordable and managed by friendly staff.

Settling in – what happens when you arrive?

There is lots of support available to international students when they come to Sheffield. You can be picked up from Manchester airport when you arrive and take part in a range of activities in your first week to help you get to know the city, the university and other students.

For all the time you are studying, you will have a personal tutor in the department who you can go to with any problems. The university also has a Student Services Information Desk to help with any academic, financial, personal or social issues, with specially trained immigration advisers.

The Students' Union has its own Student Advice Centre and the university also provides health and wellbeing support through the University Health Service and the University Counselling Service.

More about settling in at Sheffield