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Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering
The University of Sheffield’s specialist postgraduate degrees are highly regarded by employers across a range of industries. Guided by the latest developments in each subject, the University’s degree programmes equip students with cutting-edge skills and abilities, and produce graduates who stand out in increasingly competitive job markets.
Some key facts
- 83% of Graduate Diploma Science and Engineering students received unconditional offers from The University of Sheffield in 2010
- Engineering is one of The University’s great strengths, and it was announced in August 2011 that an extra £21 million will be invested in its highly respected Faculty of Engineering. With 30% of UK engineering graduates coming from overseas, Sheffield International College provides an excellent route to academic success in this field.
Award winning students
- Our Graduate Diploma course at SIC provides students with a preparation course that enables them to confidently immerse themselves in their postgraduate studies at The University of Sheffield. One of our past graduates even went on to scoop an award at The University of Sheffield.
Graduate Diploma courses are made up of three elements:
Core academic skills modules
Develop your current knowledge, and advanced academic skills including research, writing, presentation and analysis.
Look at developing your knowledge of your chosen area of study, then focus on the particular topics and skills you will need most in your chosen postgraduate degree course at The University of Sheffield.
A Learning Support Tutor will work with you throughout your academic course at the SIC, and support you in achieving your study goals. Our international graduate students find that through these regular meetings their tutor is able to offer valuable advice that helps them develop both the study skills and the knowledge needed for their postgraduate degree course at The University of Sheffield.
All Graduate Diploma students at SIC benefit from having all modules taught with their progression to The University of Sheffield in mind. All courses are tailored to meet their exact needs.
Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering to the level stipulated in your offer provides you with guaranteed admission into a Masters programme in the Faculties of Pure Science and Engineering. Degree choices are listed below.
Department of Computer Science
Science and Engineering pathway
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department of Engineering Materials
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Psychology
Key course facts
Entry to the Graduate Diploma requires students to have an undergraduate degree, equivalent to a UK Ordinary Degree, with good grades. The exact entry requirements vary from country to country.
We have a few places left on our courses starting in the summer. Find out more about these summer courses here.
The Graduate Diploma has flexible entry points depending on each student’s level of English proficiency.
Autumn intake 2013 (September)
|Current IELTS level||Level of course||Orientation start date||Number of terms|
|5.5 in all skills||Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering||16 September 2013||2|
|5.5 in all skills||Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering (Enhancement)||16 September 2013||3|
|5.5 in all skills||Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering (Enhancement)||7 October 2013||3|
|5.5 in all skills||Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering (Enhancement)||28 October 2013||2.5|
|TBC||Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering||TBC||2 (progressed from 1T PE)|
We offer this course with Integrated English to students who have an IELTS level of 5.5. The course starts in September 2013. We also offer Enhanced University Preparation for this course, where students with a high level of English will have an extended enrolment period. Contact us for specific details.
Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, periodic tests and end-of-module examinations. Full-time attendance is an important part of the assessment.
“I originally decided to come to the UK to study because the education is very similar to that of my home country, Gambia. The UK educational system has a good reputation worldwide and I know that if I got a qualification from here that it would give me a good chance to achieve my career goals.
I found out about Sheffield International College (SIC) through the college website but I also looked at the prospectus to help me get a clearer idea of what was on offer. When I was applying for SIC the prospectus was very useful as it was easy to use and all the information was clear. It was a great aid in helping me make my decision to study here.
My first impression of the place was that it was everything that I expected and more. I am studying a foundation programme in Engineering and I want to become a microbiologist. I am constantly learning new things and I like the fact the course is quite practical. I am also developing myself academically. I think studying here will give me the knowledge and confidence to progress to university easily. The other great thing about being here is that it is a very multicultural college and I have met different people from all over the world and I have made friends from many continents.
Studying at this college has changed my life. I had the chance to meet wonderful people and mature academically. I will definitely recommend SIC to people who want to study abroad because it is a place that gives you a good foundation of learning.”
Fatou Jaiteh from Gambia studied the Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering at Sheffield International College.