University profile

University Of Sheffield

2022/23 edition

About University Of Sheffield

Founded in 1905, the University of Sheffield is one of the world's top 100 universities (ranked 95th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022) renowned for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of its research-led learning and teaching.

A Russell Group university

The University is one of the 24 universities that make up the Russell Group. We have almost 30,000 students from over 140 countries learning alongside some of the best academics from across the globe.

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Student experience

Sheffield’s outstanding performance for excellent teaching and research is consistently confirmed by international independent assessments. Renowned for its student experience, Sheffield’s Students’ Union is regularly voted as the best in the UK, with over 330 societies and nearly 60 sports clubs.

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The University’s life enhancing research, innovation and education not only transforms the lives of its graduates, but shapes the world we live in. In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework, 99 percent of Sheffield’s research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

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Nobel Prize winners

With six Nobel Prize winners among its former staff and students, Sheffield has a proud history of discovery, innovation and social change. In 1930, it pioneered the very first medical use of penicillin, while more recently researchers developed a lifesaving drug for the treatment of ovarian and breast cancer.

Research-led teaching

Focussed on equipping students for life after Sheffield, the outstanding research-led teaching is empowering the next generation of global citizens.

The University’s research partners and clients include: Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

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Postgraduate courses

We offer over 300 taught postgraduate courses in a wide range of subject areas including social sciences, engineering, arts and humanities, science, medicine and dentistry.

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Global impact in the UK's greenest city

Sheffield is a diverse, green and inclusive city. With over 250 parks and woodlands, 4.5 million trees and numerous renewable energy sites, Sheffield is leading the way to a sustainable future - both nationally and globally. We believe our students need to understand the challenges and opportunities sustainability provides. That’s why we’re committed to delivering a Sheffield Made sustainable future.

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