International College

Health and human sciences 

In the 21st century, we are facing new and increasingly challenging issues in healthcare, including the effects of an ageing population, obesity and its implications, and the huge global threat of antibiotic resistance. Health and human sciences gives you a wide knowledge of the factors affecting people’s health and the systems in place to manage these issues.

What is health and human sciences?

Health and human sciences is the study of public health issues. It encompasses public health, social care, health policy, health management and related areas. Careers in health and human sciences can be hugely rewarding, because your expertise can help those struggling with the impacts of illness, disability or ageing.

Health and human sciences at the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield’s Health Sciences School focuses on three core areas: human communication sciences, nursing, and orthoptics. You will focus on themes including biology and the body, health care delivery, and leadership and management. In your third year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a placement of your choosing.


Health and human sciences degree options at the University of Sheffield

 Sheffield offers two related bachelor’s degrees, both lasting two years.

Health Sciences School rankings

42nd most international university in the world
Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2017

Degree preparation at the International College

The University of Sheffield International College offers specialist university preparation for international students. On our pathway programmes, you will study key subject modules to prepare you for your degree, while also building confidence in your English language and study skills. Whether you are aiming for undergraduate or postgraduate study, you will have the confidence to succeed once you progress to the University of Sheffield.

Your pathways to studying at the University of Sheffield:

Entry requirements

International Foundation Year (IFY)

English language*:

2 semester programme – Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 with minimum 5.0 in writing (minimum of 4.0 in other skills)**, or equivalent***

1.5 semester programme – Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum of 5.0 in all skills)**, or equivalent***

Academic: Good high school graduation grades^ or equivalent.

GCSE/IGCSE/O Level: 5 subjects including relevant subjects, grades B or above (students must be 17 or over). New grades 9 - 6 in English and Maths.

Why study health and human sciences?

Health and human sciences graduates have rewarding and challenging careers, helping to care for those in need. Some of the benefits of studying this subject include:

With a career in health sciences, you will can know that you are making a difference. If you are a nurse, occupational therapist, or health services manager, you will be helping people live more comfortable and happier lives.

As a health services professional, your skills will be in demand in almost every country, so you will enjoy job stability. You will have the opportunity to travel and learn more about the industry worldwide.

There is no 'ordinary' day working in healthcare, whatever career you choose. You will play an active role in improving the health and happiness of patients, whether on a managerial or hands-on basis.

Health and human sciences career prospects

When you graduate from the University of Sheffield, you will be able to choose from a range of challenging and rewarding careers.

Health and human sciences careers include:

  • community development worker
  • further education teacher
  • medical sales representative
  • health service manager.

Related careers include:

  • midwife
  • nurse
  • occupational therapist
  • social worker.
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