Why study at Sheffield?

We'll help you achieve your ambitions

Studying at Sheffield means in-depth knowledge, advanced skills, and the confidence to achieve your ambitions. Our reputation for excellence attracts some of the best minds in the world.


We're a member of the Russell Group of leading research universities which includes Oxford, Cambridge, University College London and Manchester.

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed Sheffield's place as a world-leading university with an international reputation for research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The results put Sheffield in the top 10 per cent of all UK universities, with 99% of our research assessed as internationally recognised or better.


We use our research power to tackle big problems: global issues such as climate change and sustainable energy.

We're reinventing engineering, changing the landscape of urban regeneration, protecting the vulnerable and standing up for freedom of expression.

Our global reputation

Your masters

Our masters courses are informed by research that as a real impact. In some cases, you might be taught by the academics involved. You'll be introduced to the latest ideas. You will also get a clear sense of how your subject or your chosen profession might evolve in the near future.

Teaching and supervision | Your future career

Courses by subject area

Your PhD

We want you to bring your ideas and your enthusiasm for your chosen discipline and we commit to supporting you throughout your entire research journey.

Our brilliant PhD students make Sheffield what it is – a research powerhouse, a multidisciplinary community, a place where ideas matter.

PhD research | Professional development

PhD study at Sheffield

A supportive environment

The research produced at Sheffield is of international significance. Our supervisors and tutors are at the leading edge of their fields, constantly pushing the boundaries of current understanding, challenging accepted wisdom.

They develop that spirit of rigorous enquiry in their students, who are valued wherever they choose to build their future.

Student support

Celebrating diversity

Our work is groundbreaking and diverse. One of our key strengths is in bringing together people from different backgrounds, adding fresh perspectives to problem solving.

In order to achieve this, we build relationships with partner institutions across the world. To assist collaboration, we constantly invest in cutting-edge technologies.

Inside The Diamond

State-of-the-art facilities

We recently invested £240m in facilities for our students. That means world-class equipment, resources and study space.

World-class postgraduate facilities

Strong links with industry

Many of our research partners are world leaders in industry. Household names such as Boeing and Rolls-Royce sponsor facilities at Sheffield.

We also carry out important work with government and other organisations at home and internationally.

Your future

We provide a wide range of support for masters students, including access to specialist careers advisers. Postgraduate study is a big commitment, and you'll want to get the maximum benefit from all your hard work.

We support our PhD students with award-winning specialist training, careers advice and mentoring.

Taught courses: your future | PhD students: professional development

New experiences

Being a student at Sheffield is more than just an academic education.

There are lots of opportunities to gain new experiences. You can get involved in  sport or outdoor pursuits, drama, music, IT or technology, voluntary work, the arts, conservation or the environment.

Or you can develop your own business idea with our enterprise team.

The best students' union in the UK

Sport and fitness

The city – an extraordinary place