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Entry requirements

We offer guidance on entry requirements for qualifications in your country. Choose your country here and click on ‘Entry requirements’.

If your country is not listed then see the information on our standard entry requirements below. The details provided are for guidance only.

All of our courses require different levels of qualifications for entry and the details provided below are for general guidance only.

English language

All applicants are required to gain a recognised English language qualification before entering any of our courses. For pre-sessional English programmes and courses below degree level, this must be one from a list of UK government recognised tests, most commonly IELTS. For degree level programmes (bachelors, masters and PhD), we consider a wide range of international qualifications. Please check the course entry qualification on our online prospectus and our English language page for full details.

You can find further information on all our undergraduate and postgraduate courses on our online prospectus.

International Foundation Programme

The following qualifications will be considered for entry on to our International Foundation Programme in Art, Design and Media or Business, Law and Social Sciences, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

  • IELTS certificate from an approved centre
  • Good high school graduation grades which include maths

Undergraduate programmes

The following qualifications will be considered for entry on to undergraduate programmes

  • two GCE/VCE A level passes
  • High School Leaving Certificate, which is recognised as equivalent to A level standard
  • other international qualifications gained after 13 years of secondary/further education
  • please contact our admissions office at admissions@shu.ac.uk for advice on equivalents

Sheffield Hallam welcomes applications from international school students taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma and those achieving 28 points or more will usually be successful in obtaining an offer of a place on our undergraduate programmes. For information about IB points equivalences against the UCAS tariff please visit the UCAS website.

Pre-masters programme (Graduate Certificate)

The following qualifications will be considered for entry on to our Graduate Certificate International Pre-Masters in Business and English

  • diplomas awarded after a minimum of two years study after completion of a secondary education
  • students holding a degree in a subject considered unsuitable for direct entry to a masters programme - 'conversion' students

Postgraduate taught programmes (masters)

The following qualifications will be considered for entry on to postgraduate taught programmes

  • a first degree or professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to degree standard
  • an HND or higher education diploma with substantial work experience in an appropriate field
  • successful completion of a recognised pre-Masters course
  • please consult our admissions office at directadmissions@shu.ac.uk for advice on equivalents

Postgraduate research programmes

The following qualifications will be considered for entry on to postgraduate research programmes (MPhil/PhD)

  • masters degree from a recognised university

In most cases, students are required to submit a full application for PhD study, including a formal research proposal.

You can find further information on all our undergraduate and postgraduate courses on our online prospectus


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