International College

Research and reputation

Sheffield is a world top 100 research university that attracts the best minds from across the globe. Nobel prize winners, industry partners and enquiring students use research to make an impact on the world. This research informs courses. 

World-class research university

Sheffield has a reputation for excellence. That’s how it’s become one of the top 100 universities in the world. Every one of its faculties is a centre of excellence and it has an outstanding track record for research and partnerships with industry. What's more, the International College has a bespoke new building, ideal for international students and central to the city.

More than 90% of science research is assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent at the University.
(Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Annual Engineering research funding of £150 million – that's among the highest in the UK and even more than Oxford or Cambridge.

Research output is in the top 10 per cent of universities in the United Kingdom and in the top 10 of the elite Russell Group of leading universities.
(Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Alumni include six Nobel Prize winners in the fields of Chemistry and Medicine/Physiology.

A member of the Russell Group

Sheffield is one of the 24 universities that make up the Russell Group. This is a collection of leading UK research universities committed to driving research and providing the very best teaching and learning experience.

The University is also a founder member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a consortium of 18 research-led universities from around the world.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 99% of research was assessed as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised. 

Research highlights

Research at Sheffield impacts the world. It teaches us to understand the world and see how it can be improved. As a student here, you’ll be surrounded by this knowledge and expertise as you become a specialist in your subject.

University research projects look at anything from health and wellbeing to sustainability and advanced manufacturing. For example, recent projects include:

  • Finding solutions to food production and growing food without soil
  • Helping the aerospace industry become cleaner, greener and more efficient
  • Developing a 3D printing process to manufacture components around medical prosthetics, aerospace and robotics.

Home to new ideas 

Over 8,000 international students from 150 countries currently study at the University of Sheffield. It’s a place where new ideas are encouraged and nurtured. You’ll encourage your questioning spirit and see exciting new developments in your field. For example, many students carry out research projects as part of their degree. Or you might be taught by academics researching the latest ideas.  

Born in Taiwan. Made in Sheffield.

Rubin outside of the International College talking to a friend

I've not decided which profession I'm going to do in the future, but I think with the reputation of Sheffield as a higher education institute, it'll be a lot easier if I’m pursuing a career in the future. The quality of education here is high; there's no doubting that.


International Foundation Year in Business, Law, Social Sciences and Humanities

BA(Hons) International Relations and Politics

Top 10 for research output

The most recent Research Excellence Framework ranked Sheffield in the top 10 for research output in the Russell Group.

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