What are postgraduate taught courses?

They are advanced level qualifications, normally taken after a Bachelor's/undergraduate Degree (or equivalent).

Most taught courses last one year and lead to one of three qualifications: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Master's (MA, MSc).

The programmes consist of coursework with other students (lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory work as appropriate) and, for the Master's degree, independent study for a supervised dissertation or project on a topic agreed with the relevant department. Both are examined, and in some cases, satisfactory performance in the coursework will determine whether a student continues on to independent study.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have a good Honours degree from a recognised higher education institution.

Overseas and EU applicants

An English language qualification may be required if your first spoken language is not English.

Please go to the webpage below and select your home country to get more information on the entrance requirements (including English language) you will need to meet:

EU and overseas countries

If you do not meet our standard entry requirements, please visit the University of Sheffield International College (USIC) website. USIC offers fast-track pathway programmes to the University of Sheffield:

The University of Sheffield International College website

When should I apply?

Except where indicated on departmental webpages, there are no specific application deadlines for postgraduate taught courses. However, you should be aware of the start dates for courses and give yourself plenty of time to apply. You should also allow time to make any financial, travel and accommodation arrangements, if you are offered a place.

How to apply