University of Sheffield



Quick Facts

  • Ranked 16th in the UK and 80th in the world (QS 2015/16) & voted #1 for student experience (2014/15).
  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group with Oxford, Cambridge and LSE.
  • Notable alumni include, Noble prize winners, Sir Harry Kroto (Chemistry 1996) and Sir Richard Roberts (Medicine and Physiology 1993), Lord Justice of Appeal, The Rt. Hon Lord Justice Maurice Kay, and Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, OBE.

The University of Sheffield is a global institution and a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities. The University was ranked 71st in the world in the 2013 QS World University Rankings and 13th in the UK, 40th in Europe and 112th in the world according to the 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Sheffield was named UK University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards and was also named the Sunday Times UK University of the Year in 2012. As well, 5 nobel prize winners have been associated with the University. The University developed from three local institutions: the Sheffield School of Medicine, Firth College and the Sheffield Technical School. The School of Medicine, founded 1828, was by far the oldest. At the time of the University’s foundation in 1905 there were 114 full-time students reading for degrees in Arts, Pure Science, Medicine and Applied Science.

Today, the mile-long ‘campus’ stretches almost unbroken from St George’s Square into Crookesmoor, with student residences concentrated in suburbs to the west of the University. For the first fifty years of its existence the University’s full-time student population did not rise above 2,000. By 1980, however, it had reached 8,000 and in 2006 the number of full-time students had risen to 21,000. The total student population is now over 25,000, including students from all over the world.

Sheffield and Canada
The first known Canadian graduate of Sheffield graduated in 1937 and we are delighted you are interested in following that tradition. Sheffileld has a strong reputation globally in medicine, law, journalism, social policy, media and the sciences as well as a growing alumni in Canada. As one of the world’s leading universities, Sheffield is an ideal place for Canadian students to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Schools and Departments
Sheffield’s academic structure contains a total of 6 Faculties and 54 Departments.

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Sheffield offers a range of International Scholarships. Click here to learn more. Click here for Canada specific information.

Over 25,000 students, including over 6500 international students from 116 countries.

Entrance Requirements
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Guaranteed for all eligible first-years and postgraduate students, both home and international. Sheffield has invested £160m in its student accommodation and offers a range of contemporary apartments, studios and houses with on-site facilities including food and drink outlets, 24-hour security, maintenance and welfare support.

Sheffield has an award-winning £23-million Information Commons centre with 500 PCs, wireless access throughout, open 24/7. The University library contains 1.3 million books and journals, with access to a further 435,000 e-books and e-journals. There are over 1,600 computer workstations available for student use. Also, Sheffield offers free access to the internet and email on campus, as well as off-campus access to files and email via the University portal.

Although not home to a major international airport, Sheffield is conveniently accessible by train from London. Major railway routes through Sheffield also provide convenient access to the Northeast and Southwest of England, and the East of Scotland. Through St Pancras International in London, Sheffield also has a direct rail connection to continental Europe.

Living in Sheffield
Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, its name derives from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city. The city has grown from its largely industrial roots and now has a population of approximately 550,000.

Sheffield has a long sporting heritage. In 1857 a collective of cricketers formed the world’s first-ever official football (soccer) club, Sheffield F.C., and the world’s second-ever, Hallam F.C.. As well, Sheffield has professional hockey! The Sheffield Steelers play in the Elite Ice Hockey League, which should help you cope with any withdrawal symptoms.