The University has produced the below set of 'attributes'; a list of skills, characteristics and attitudes which all students should have had the opportunity to develop during their time at Sheffield.

As a graduate of the University of Sheffield, you will be:

Discipline-based knowledge

1. Knowledgeable in your subject area

2. Equipped to work collaboratively and confidently both outside and across disciplines

3. Confident in applying your knowledge and skills to authentic challenges

4. Able to exhibit ethical behaviour

Application of knowledge

5. Confident in considering issues within local, national and international contexts, equipped to work in diverse cultural settings

6. Aware and respectful of a range of perspectives and considerate of diversity

7. Experienced at working in partnership with others, including communities and external partners

8. Able to translate and adapt knowledge, and apply lateral thinking in problem solving


9. Experienced in the processes and methods of research

10. A critical, analytical thinker

11. Creative and innovative, and able to understand and manage risk

12. Equipped with appropriate information and digital literacy skills


13. A lifelong learner who understands the importance of continual development

14. an excellent team worker who is able to manage their time efficiently

15. A skilled communicator, comfortable with different styles and audiences

16. Reflective, self-aware and able to take ownership of your own learning

17. Professional and adaptable, resilient and flexible in your approach

The Sheffield Masters Graduate

As a Sheffield Masters Student, you will have the opportunity to:

Specialist knowledge and skills

1. Increase your subject knowledge and, where relevant, professional expertise.

2. Recognise, take account of and integrate new developments in your subject or professional practice.

3. Enhance your ability to analyse complex subject matter, issues or questions and use evidence to understand and explore innovative approaches to problems.

4. Gain advanced skills in using, and potentially developing, the research methodologies of your subject or professional field.

5. Work in keeping with the ethical considerations and requirements for academic and, where relevant, professional expertise.

Self management, influence and leadership

6.Work independently and develop your confidence and capability in making decisions with authority.

7. Work well with others, with appropriate awareness and sensitivity to differences and commonalities.

8. Communicate processes and outcomes to a range of audiences.

9. Work efficiently and effectively to tight deadlines.

10. Increase your knowledge and application of appropriate technologies.

Understanding of the wider context and application of your subject specialism

11. Learn with a network of peers from diverse backgrounds who share your enthusiasm for the subject or dedication to the same professional field.

12. Gain an in-depth appreciation of the boundaries of your subject and understanding of how it relates to other fields or professions.

13. Apply your subject or professional knowledge and skills to new settings, contexts and challenges beyond your studies: to make a difference in the world.