The University of Sheffield

Established in 1905, The University of Sheffield is known for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of its research-led learning and teaching.

The University of Sheffield is widely recognized as a leading institution in the UK and across the globe.

The University distinguishes itself for its research excellence across a range of disciplines –placing the university in the top 10 per cent of all UK universities–, its commitment to being genuinely international, and its industry partnerships.


The University of Sheffield Fact Sheet

Fast facts


  • Sheffield, England

Number of students

  • 28,000


  • 6,500 Students from 150 countries


  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
    • The Medical School
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Science
    • Management School
    • Sheffield Methods Institute
  • International Faculty – City College, Thessaloniki

Notable Alumni

  • Howard Florey, Baron Florey of Adelaide and Marston – Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Sir Hans Krebs - Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Sir Richard Roberts - Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Member of the Russell Group

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Architecture
  • Biomedical
  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Journalism
  • Materials
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Town and Regional Planning


99% of the research is internationally recognised or better  (Research Excellence Framework, 2014)


in the world

QS World University Rankings, 2018


in the UK

QS World University Rankings, 2018


in the UK for Student Experience

THE Student Experience Survey, 2017


Known as “The Steel City” for its industry back in the 1900's, Sheffield is located in the north of England, and considered one of UK’s safest and most low-cost cities.

Sheffield is a green, innovative and modern city with an outstanding spirit of inclusion. Sheffield has everything to offer to students from its vibrant nightlife and great musical scene to its amazing outdoors in the Peak District National Park. The University is ranked third best nationally for offering the best student experience (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017)

Other information

Department of Control and Systems Engineering

  • The University of Sheffield has the only department in the UK, and one of the best in the world, dedicated to Control and Systems Engineering.  This department offers a flagship MSc Advanced Control and Systems Engineering as well as programmes in Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing.  Manufacturing is, in fact, a great speciality for the University of Sheffield thanks to their Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing and Rolls Royce, one of the world's premier centre for academia-industry research in Advanced Manufacturing.  The AMRC focuses on 5 areas: Machining; Composites; Assembly; Additive Manufacturing & Casting.  All the AMRC's equipment is full-scale industrial equipment certificated to industry standards.  It has become the UK government's model for academia-industry collaboration and, although it was only started in 2001, it now has an annual research income of around US $70m per year.  It supplies technological breakthroughs which make it a focus for the world's leading companies in Advanced Manufacturing.

Energy 2050

  • This is one of the UK’s largest energy research institutes. Based at the University of Sheffield, having over 120 academics and more than 250 PhD students undertaking energy research and innovation.  The Institute goes beyond traditional university research boundaries to deliver industry and policy relevant innovation.  Energy 5050 works with companies and government to de-risk investment in energy technologies to deliver cheaper, secure and clean energy.

Did you know?

  • According to the REF 2014, the University of Sheffield is the UK number one for medical research and top five for biological research, having whole departments dedicated to Animal and Plant Sciences, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Biomedical Science with a range of Master's courses and research specialities within each of these departments - from Plant and Microbial Biology to Regenerative Medicine.
  • The University of Sheffield School of Architecture is within the top 4 Architecture Schools in the UK (4th in The Guardian University League Tables 2018).  Amongst their offered specialisms: Sustainable Architecture, Digital Architecture and Urban and Architectural Design.
  • The University is 4th in the Uk for its Facilities according to the THE Student Experience Survey, 2017.
  • Howard Florey, Baron Florey of Adelaide and Marston was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases sharing the prize with Sir Ernst Boris Chain and Sir Alexander Fleming.
  • Sir Hans Krebs won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for his discovery of the citric acid cycle, since then named the Krebs Cycle.
  • Sir Richard Roberts, shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Phillip Sharp for the discovery of “split genes”.


  • The University holds industry partnerships with the AMRC with Boeing and Rolls-Royce, the Windpower Centre with Siemens or the Electric Vehicle Centre with Nissan.
  • 17th in the UK for employability, QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2017


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