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International students

We have a thriving international research community, with PhD students from more than 20 different countries, based in one of our world-class research groups.

The University of Sheffield's webpages have lots more information about what makes Sheffield a great place to study, how we'll help you settle in and the support that is available throughout your degree. There is also information about English language requirements, visa requirements, funding opportunities and other information specific to your country.

Applying

Some of the PhD opportunities listed on our 'Projects' page are not available to students from outside the UK or the European Union, so it is important to make sure that you are eligible for a project you are applying for. It is a good idea to contact the supervisor of any PhD opportunity you want to apply for, before you submit your application.

Once you have identified a project, a supervisor and a source of funding, you can complete the University's postgraduate online application form.

Postgraduate online application form

A full explanation of how to complete the form, including details of the supporting documents you will need to submit, is given on the University's webpages for postgraduate students.

How to apply: applying essentials


Entry requirements

If you have studied at a university in the UK, we usually ask for a first class, or upper second class, undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject.

However, we can also accept qualifications from many other countries. You can find out which qualifications we accept from your country on the University's webpages for international students.

Qualifications specific to your country


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 completed an English language qualification in the two years before starting your PhD. We usually ask for:

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
Overall grade of 7 with 6 in each component

You can find out whether you need to have an english language qualification, and which other English language qualifications we accept, on the University's webpages for international students.

English language requirements

The English Language Teaching Centre offers English language courses for students who are preparing to study at the University of Sheffield.

English Language Teaching Centre

Fees and funding

Up-to-date tuition fees can be found on the University's webpages for international students.

Tuition fees

Some of the PhD opportunities listed on our 'Projects' page come with funding to cover your tuition fees and living expenses, but these projects may not be available to students from outside the UK or the European Union. However, the University's webpages for international students include other funding and scholarship opportunities.

Postgraduate research scholarships

It is also a good idea to contact the supervisor of any PhD opportunity you want to apply for, before you submit your application. They may be able to advise you on other sources of funding, if your project does not come with funding.