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A global reputation

Our founding motto was Rerum Cognoscere Causas, or 'to discover the causes of things'. And while we don't talk as much Latin these days, the idea still inspires us.

We say we want to make the world a better place and we do: socially, culturally and environmentally we’re independent of mind and inquisitive by nature.

How we rate


The quality of research in UK universities is assessed in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). It replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

The Research Excellence Framework puts Sheffield in the top 10 per cent of all UK universities.

99% of research at Sheffield was assessed as internationally recognised or better.

  • World-leading: 33%
  • Internationally excellent: 52%
  • Internationally recognised: 13%
  • Nationally recognised: 1%

Research excellence


Our staff are highly respected writers, critics, thinkers and technical innovators.

Postgraduate teaching and supervision

The Quality Assurance Agency places us in the highest category for academic quality.

Other recent independent quality surveys have placed us in the highest categories for research and teaching:

The last Teaching Quality Assessment awarded us grades of "excellent" in 29 subject areas, a record equalled by only a handful of UK universities.

Teaching quality figures for departments

Why it matters

As a postgraduate student you benefit directly from our research expertise. Our courses are taught by active researchers, so what you learn is always up to date and relevant. Being at a leading research university also means you'll have access to the best facilities and resources.

Best of all, you'll be part of an academic community, working and socialising with people who really care about their subject.

Biomedical science research

Queen's Anniversary Prizes

We have won four Queen's Anniversary Prizes:

  • For humanities research in 1999
  • For environmental research and consultancy in 2001
  • For research on ageing in 2002
  • For the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing in 2007

Our links with industry and the professions guarantee the relevance of our programmes, and equip our graduates for careers at the cutting edge of their fields.

The Queen's Prize is the most distinguished award that can be made to a UK institution for higher or further education.

The awards are designed to recognise the outstanding contribution that universities and colleges in the United Kingdom make to the intellectual, economic, cultural and social life of the nation.

Academic collaboration

We collaborate closely with leading universities around the world:

  • We're a key member of the Worldwide Universities Network (USA, Europe, China).
  • We're partners with Leeds and York Universities as part of the White Rose Consortium