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Guide To Postgraduate Study In Sheffield


Sheffield City GuideSheffield is such a great city to be a student in – you’ll never want to leave

People have lived in this region of the UK since the Iron Age, and nowadays 570,000 people call this ancient and industrial city home. 

Regenerated City

The city of Sheffield underwent a much-needed extensive regeneration in the early 21st century, following an economically depressive period after the collapse of the UK steel Industry in the 1970s and the coal mining industry in the 1980s. As a result of this regeneration, Sheffield is now one of the fastest growing cities in England, with a burgeoning student population that makes it a fantastic place to study, meet people, and make friends. It is also a relatvely cheap city to live in compared to other UK cities.

Student Vibe

The city of Sheffield benefits from a harmonious multicultural population, making it a fabulous place to call home. It has a thriving bar and club scene, as well as more parks and woodland than any other UK city. So it is the perfect place to experience the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan city life, with the tranquility of a rural escape when necessary.

Transport Links

Located in the north of England, Sheffield is linked to the rest of the UK the national motorway network via the M1 and M18 motorways, there are also good rail links. The closest international airport to Sheffield is Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which is 18 miles from the city centre. Other UK airports including Manchester Airport, Leeds Bradford International Airport and East Midlands Airport are all just one hour’s drive from the city. 

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5 reasons why you definitely don’t want to be a student in Sheffield…
or actually reasons why you do!

Sheffield Beer Festival759 different postgraduate courses – not great for the indecisives amongst you…

13,372 postgraduate students – you’ll have so many friends to hang out with your studies may well suffer!

Beertastic! As the birthplace of the British Craft Beer Brewing Industry and the Real Ale Capital of Britain (according to the University of Sheffield) you’ll be spoilt for choice with plenty of unique beers and ales to try. Just be careful that your hangover doesn't interfere with your studies the morning after.

465 live bands are active in Sheffield. Pulp, The Human League and The Artic Monkeys and many other bands all hail from Sheffield. Shedloads of gigs to go to = no time for revision.

Great nightlife – in fact The Guardian declared Sheffield club, The Night Kitchen, as one of the top 10 nightclubs in the UK – so how are you going to find time to sleep in preparation for the day’s study ahead?

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Students In Sheffield – Facts & Figures

Sheffield StudentsSheffield is one of the cheapest cities for students in the UK to live in, and this, along with the excellent reputations of the city's universities, means it is getting ever more popular for postgraduate and undergraduate students.

The three universities – the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield International College have a combined total of 55,968 students. And of these 42,596 are undergraduate students and 13,372 are postgraduates, which means that postgraduate students make up almost a quarter of the Sheffield student population.

As an increasingly popular destination for international students there are currently 17,973 international students calling Sheffield home.

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Living in style… in Sheffield

FreshStudents in Sheffield have a great selection of modern purpose-built accommodation to choose from. Both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University offer traditional university halls of residence, shared housing and studio flats. A large proportion of the rooms in the halls of residence are ensuite, but students can save money by sharing a bathroom. The University of Sheffield's International College has an exclusive accommodation building called Century Square. As well as great university-owned accommodation, Sheffield also has privately owned halls of residence from companies such as Fresh who offer purpose-built accommodation blocks with modern facilities in four different locations around the city of Sheffield. This modern and comfortable student accommodation is well located, safe and secure, and your weekly bills include high speed broadband and other handy features. It’s particularly handy for those travelling from abroad, as you it can all be arranged online and students can even have linen and crockery delivered on the day they move in. Postgraduate students going to Sheffield for the first time are advised to book accommodation with their university or another reputable provider such as Fresh. Students can also choose to rent a room in a house privately, but it's easier and safer to do this when you've seen it for yourself.

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The Pennines SheffieldWhat Can You Do In Sheffield When You’re Not Studying?

Sheffield is one of the largest cities in England, and as such it has a great selection of bars, restaurants, cinemas and theatres. There are also plenty of museums, especially those devoted to Sheffield's industrial past for those interested in history.

Sheffield has a huge number of green spaces inside the city and is described as one of the greenest cities in Europe. There is also a lovely botanic garden on the outskirts of the city. 

Getting out of the city is a great way to relax and stay healthy, The city itself is hemmed in by seven hills and these form a natural green belt around the city, so if you want to get away from it all, it's really easy to get to the Pennines and spend the day rambling around and taking in the stunning scenery.

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Sheffield HallamSheffield Hallam University

There are 31,483 students at Sheffield Hallam University – and of these 6,776 are postgrads and 24,707 are undergraduate students. 3,320 of the postgrads are studying full time and the rest – 3,456 – are studying their postgrad programs part time. Sheffield Hallam University has 322 postgraduate courses on offer, these are broken down into 171 full-time programs, 133 part-time courses, and 18 distance learning options. There are 9,445 international students studying at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Tuition Fees & Costs

Home students’ tuition fees vary between £6,400 and £9,000 per annum, and international students fees vary between £13,450 and £18,000.

Facilities & Specialisms

The largest departments at Sheffield Hallam University are Business and Administrative Studies, Subjects Allied to Medicine, Education, Social Studies and Biological Sciences.

Student Life

The university concentrates on industrial placements throughout your studies giving you much-needed work experience for your future career. Much of the university has been recently upgraded and refurbished so facilities are very up to date. 

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5 Fascinating Facts About Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University was established in 1843.

It began life as a Design School run by the local council.

It’s the 8th largest university in the UK.

Current Chancellor – Robert Winston – is a life Peer and international fertility expert.

Actor Sean Bean and Dame Kelly Homes, Olympic Gold medal winner, are both alumni.

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University of SheffieldUniversity of Sheffield

Overall there are 24,845 students studying at the University of Sheffield, 6,956 of these are postgraduates and 17,889 are undergraduates. The postgraduate student cohort consists of 5,286 in full-time study and 1,670 in part-time study. The University of Sheffield currently has 435 postgrad courses on offer, 263 full-time programs, 140 part-time courses and 32 distance learning options. There are 8,528 international students at the University of Sheffield.

University of Sheffield

Tuition Fees & Costs

Home postgraduate students’ annual tuition fees vary between £6,500 to £8,500, and international students’ tuition fees range from between £16,000 and £18,000.

Facilities & Specialisms

At the University of Sheffield the departments of Engineering, Technology, Professions allied to Medicine, Business and Administration and the Education Department are all very well regarded.

Student Life

This Russell Group university regularly wins student experience awards, and its Student Union is award winning, often being included in the top 10 Student Unions in the UK by student review. 

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5 Fascinating Facts About The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield was established in 1828.

The Business School is an AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS accredited – only 60 business schools in the world hold all three accreditations.

Its active Student's Union was established in 1906.

The Business School is AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS accredited. Only 60 Business Schools in the world hold all three accreditations. The Faculty of Science has six Nobel laureates amongst its former staff and students.

David Blunkett MP, former British Home Secretary, and Olympic Gold medallist Jessica Ennis are both alumni.

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University of Sheffield International CollegeUniversity of Sheffield International College

The University of Sheffield International College has 1,000 students. It prepares international students for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of Sheffield, and has two full-time postgraduate courses on offer.

Tuition Fees & Costs

The fees at the University of Sheffield International College are between £15,080 and £17,760 a year for all students.

Facilities & Specialisms

The two postgraduate courses at the University of Sheffield International College are full-time and prepare students for Masters in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities or Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

Student Life

The international college prepares international students for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of Sheffield. Students are part of the University of Sheffield and can use all of the facilities. 

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5 Fascinating Facts About The University of Sheffield International College

The Diamond Building, one of the University of Sheffield's libraries and base for the International College, harvests rainwater for its non-drinking water system.

Course cost and length depends on English test scores at the beginning of the course.

55 different nationalities represented.

Over 100 members of staff are based at the International College.

It is part of the StudyGroup network of International Colleges – a company that runs a global network of International Colleges in conjunction with institutions and universities.


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