English language requirements for research degrees

IELTS requirements for our research degrees, arranged by academic department.

You can find more information about English language requirements at the University of Sheffield, including information about the other qualifications we accept, on our English language webpages.

Department IELTS requirement
Animal and Plant Sciences Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Archaeology For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Architecture Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Automatic Control and Systems Engineering Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Biblical Studies For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Biomedical Science Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Chemical and Biological Engineering Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Chemistry Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Civil and Structural Engineering For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Computer Science Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
School of Clinical Dentistry For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
East Asian Studies For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 6.0 in Listening and 6.0 in Speaking, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Economics Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Education Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Electronic and Electrical Engineering Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
English Literature, Language and Linguistics For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent
French Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Geography For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Germanic Studies Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Health and Related Research Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Hispanic Studies Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
History Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Human Communication Sciences For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Information School Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Journalism Studies Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Landscape For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Law For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Management School For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Materials Science and Engineering Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Mathematics and Statistics For students starting before 1 September 2019: Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2019: Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Mechanical Engineering (except below) Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Mechanical Engineering: Industrial Doctorate Centre (EngD/PhD in Machining Science) For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Medical School Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology For students starting before 1 September 2019: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2019: Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Music For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Nursing and Midwifery Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Philosophy For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Physics and Astonomy Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Politics and International Relations Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Psychology (except below) Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Psychology (DClinPsy Clinical Psychology, PSYR09) Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Russian and Slavonic Studies Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
Sociological Studies Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Urban Studies and Planning For students starting before 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
For students starting from 1 September 2020: Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent