Information and Advice for International Students
Our department's top research ranking (ranked in third place in the UK for research in Biological Science in the RAE 2008 - Source: Times Higher) and our reputation for quality teaching (24/24 in the most recent governmental review) attract students and staff from all over the world.
We provide a friendly and supportive environment for our postgraduate students from varied countries, cultures and backgrounds.
The Department of Biomedical Science scores very highly in the annual National Student Survey, particularly in the areas of academic structure and teaching. Likewise national, European and world rankings all recognise the University of Sheffield as one of the best in the UK.
Thinking of Studying Here?
As an international student, we recognise you may have particular issues relating to living and studying in a different country. Our International Office can advise on fees, scholarships and bursaries, and organise a programme of overseas visits and exhibitions every year.
For further information, please see the University webpage:
How to Apply for a Research Degree (PhD) or Postgraduate (MSc) Taught Course at Biomedical Science
To formally apply for a PhD Studentship or Postgraduate Taught Course, you must complete the University's application form. Please view our department page for advice and instructions on how to apply.
- PhD Programme - First class or upper second 2(i) in a relevant subject.
- MSc Postgraduate Taught Course - First class Honours Degree in a Biomedical subject.
International Tests in English
You may be required to take an internationally recognised English language test such as TOEFL or IELTS.
- International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - average grade 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each component)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language *(TOEFL) - Internet-based test (IBT) overall score 100 with at least 22 in all components.
- USEPT (University of Sheffield English Proficiency Test, graded as and equivalent to IELTS) - 6.5 to 7.0 with at least 6 in written component.
Overseas and EU applicants should go to the following University webpage and select your home country to get more information on the entrance requirements (including English Language) you will need to meet:
If you have a good basic science education, but you do not have the level of English proficiency required you can study English language preparation at our English Language Teaching Centre.
Coming to Sheffield
Successful applicants should view our International Students 'Welcome to Sheffield' webpage that provides information you need to start your studies. See
We work closely with the Students' Union, which hosts a huge number of international clubs and societies that organise social and cultural events. See: