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Research Excellence

Renowned for excellence - A world-class University, a unique student experience

A world-top 100 university, we have a global reputation for academic expertise, international outlook and impactful research.

As a research-intensive university, we’re committed to tackling big questions that affect the whole planet. Our research influences policy, changes lives and helps us to understand the world.

At Sheffield, you’re welcomed into a diverse, supportive community of scholars from all over the world. Our reputation attracts some of the leading minds in the world. You will work alongside them, with a strong sense of purpose, in an atmosphere of tolerance, inclusivity and respect.

With world-class facilities and opportunities for research collaboration, we can inspire and nurture you to do research that will change the world around us.

Founded in 1905, the University of Sheffield has grown in reputation and size to become one of the UK’s leading research universities. With almost 29,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University is recognised as one of the 50 most international universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings).

As a member of the Russell Group, 99 percent of our research was assessed as internationally recognised, internationally excellent or world leading and the Research Excellence Framework 2014 places Sheffield in the top 10 percent of all UK universities.

Research Excellence

Sheffield has six Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

Our brilliant PhD students make Sheffield what it is – a research powerhouse, a multidisciplinary community, a place where ideas matter.


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