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Why choose postgraduate study with us

1. Great teaching, great outcomes

Educate North Awards 2022 - University of the Year Winner logoWe have been named University of the Year at the 2022 Educate North Awards, in recognition of the number of graduates going on to gain quality jobs, widening access to higher education, and the positive impact the University has on the region.

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We’re passionate about breaking down barriers for communities that have traditionally found higher education harder to access. In 2021 we were also named University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards.

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We have been awarded a maximum five stars in the 2021 QS Stars excellence rating, achieving top marks in almost every category - including teaching, employability, academic development, facilities, and innovation and inclusivity.

The Sunday Times Good University Guide named us University of the Year for Teaching Quality in its 2020 edition, which recognised our consistently high student satisfaction scores as measured by the National Student Survey (NSS)

We are also in the top 50 for graduate prospects in the 2022 Complete University Guide

Find out how you'll learn at Hallam.

2. Excellent student satisfaction

We have an overall satisfaction rating of 84% for postgraduate taught courses in the 2022 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey and 84% for our postgraduate research courses, in the 2022 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey.

3. We'll get you work ready

98% of our postgraduate taught students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating, with 88% in highly skilled employment. 100% of our postgraduate research students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating, with 100% in highly skilled employment, according to the 2019-20 Graduate Outcomes Survey.

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We we were named Outstanding Entrepreneurial University at the Times Higher Education Awards 2021. This award recognises our strategic programme which embedded entrepreneurial principles throughout the whole University, including curriculum, regional partnerships, and research.  


Our teaching gets you work-ready by showing you how to apply your knowledge. You'll learn the latest ideas and theories, but you'll also learn how to put them into practice.

4. Choose a new career direction

Postgraduate study is a great opportunity to switch your career focus or specialise in a new subject area, or delve deeper into a subject area. The majority of postgraduate courses don’t need you to have completed a specific undergraduate degree. 

Find your perfect postgraduate degree.

5. Student support

In your first few weeks you'll meet three dedicated advisers – one to help with your studies, one for any personal support or advice you need, and one to help you start your career. They'll be with you every step on the way – right through to graduation and beyond. 

Plus our careers and employability support service has 94% student satisfaction1.

Find out more about student support

6. Brand new facilities

We're constantly updating and adding to the facilities you'll use on your course. We've invested over £100 million in new facilities over the last five years, including 24-hour libraries, student-designed study areas, and the same equipment you'll find in your future workplace – whether it's an aeroplane manufacturer or a hospital.

The designs for our new teaching and learning buildings include the latest sustainable energy solutions and measures to make the new buildings zero carbon ready. A new 'university green' public space is also proposed. This will see new trees planted, more than 400 square meters of new greenery and space for up to 150 people to sit and relax.

The development will cement Hallam’s position at the heart of Sheffield’s economy and cityscape, and will deliver modern spaces designed for collaborative, flexible teaching and learning.

Discover our campus spaces and key buildings with our interactive panorama, 360 and drone tours and image gallery.

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7. Stand out from the crowd

The number of people with a strong undergraduate degree is rising, so a postgraduate qualification can make your CV stand out. We work with thousands of organisations, from HSBC to the NHS. These industry partners help design our courses and develop your experience, skills and contacts. 

Hear from some of our postgraduate students.

8. Access to funding and scholarships

If you normally live in England, you can access postgraduate loans of up to £12,167 for taught masters and £28,673 for PHD research degrees. Loans are available across most subject areas (subject to eligibility criteria) and can help with living costs while you study. If you’re applying from overseas, we offer a range of scholarships for international students.

Fees for many of our masters courses will be reduced to £7910 for any Home student who completed a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree, PGCE or PhD at Sheffield Hallam, or a Sheffield Hallam accredited degree at a UK partnership institution, in 2022/23.

Students who will pay international fees and who have completed a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree, PGCE or PhD at Sheffield Hallam or earned a Sheffield Hallam accredited degree from one of our overseas partners in the 2022/23 academic year, will be eligible for a £2,000 discount on fees for a full-time or distance-learning course starting in the 2023/24 academic year.

9. 78 per cent of our research impact is world leading or internationally excellent2

This means you'll be taught by people who are experts in their subject and eager to share their knowledge and industry experience with you. Their research helps to make the world a better place and feeds directly into your learning. We are top ten in the UK for research impact in sport and exercise science, planning, and art and design.

Research at Hallam

1. Welcome Back Survey 2022.
2. Research Excellence Framework 2021.

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