Frequently asked questions

Why Sheffield?

Why Sheffield?

We are proud members of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities. Our Triple Crown Accreditation places us within the global elite of business schools. We use our world-class research to develop knowledgeable and employable students, promote socially-responsible work practices and have a positive impact on organisations and society. Our teaching staff are leaders in their research fields, and offer insights into the latest business thinking. We consult with industry partners, and invite guest speakers to enhance the learning experience.

How will I be taught?

Each of our programmes are taught in block study periods which includes compulsory modules, as well as a substantial work-based research project (Executive MBA and MSc). Each module is usually delivered in two to four day blocks, during which learners will benefit from the latest academic and practitioner thinking. The learning and teaching sessions will include lectures, business case analyses, problem analyses, learner presentations and talks by visiting guest lecturers from senior practitioners. More information is available on the programme pages.

Where will I be taught?

You will be taught in cutting-edge spaces, designed to facilitate interactive and collaborative learning. The executive experience will also provide you with social space in the teaching breaks to network and develop relationships over lunch and coffee (included as part of the experience). We have dedicated Executive Education spaces in both our Crookesmoor building and in Western Bank Villa - our dedicated Executive Education Centre in the heart of the University campus.

When we've made our decision, it will appear in your online application and we'll also send you an email to confirm this. If we've offered you a study place, we'll provide you with an official electronic offer letter detailing any conditions and the amount payable for the tuition fees. The offer letter will be attached to our email and also available for you to download from your online application. If we haven't offered you a study place and you would like feedback on this decision, you should contact us directly in writing at ExecutiveEducation@sheffield.ac.uk

If your application is successful, you will be made either a conditional or unconditional offer. A conditional offer means that there are requirements that you need to meet before you can start the course, for example a certain English language score or a minimum grade in your current studies. An unconditional offer means that there are no further academic requirements that you need to meet. Please be aware that you will need to show us the original paper copies of your qualifications documents when you come to register at the University.

What support will I get during my studies?

We have a wealth of support for students balancing their work, study and personal lives. Our student support team will always be on hand to signpost learners to help with time management, as well as academic support sessions for students who may have had a break from learning for several years. The School also has a dedicated wellbeing adviser who is available for one to one sessions in psycho-education. The aim of this being to enable students to learn the coping mechanisms and strategies to 'self- help' if they are experiencing consistent low level anxiety, low mood and/or stress. Each student is also appointed a Personal Tutor, who will be available as a first point of contact for academic support.

I need to travel for study blocks. What accommodation is available to me?

Accomodation is not provided as part of the tuition fees. However, we are fortunate at Sheffield to be surrounded by excellent and affordable accommodation. Our recommendation would be Jonas near the green Endcliffe Village, only a short walk from our Campus.

Higher level masters degree apprenticeships

Why should I undertake a higher level degree apprenticeship?

Studying for a higher level degree apprenticeship is an innovative way to gain a Master’s degree whilst enhancing your skills and gaining practical experience in the workplace. You will work towards developing knowledge, skills and behaviours that will enable you to develop as a leader in your organisation. You will get the chance to build networks with like minded people. Studying whilst you are working will also allow you to bring real life work examples into the learning environment, and apply your learning back into your workplace.

What qualification will I get after successfully completing an apprenticeship programme?

Upon successful completion of degree apprenticeship programmes, you will be awarded a degree from the University of Sheffield, an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction and the Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). You will also gain CMI Chartered Manager status, subject to verification.

How long do degree apprenticeships take?

Typically, a level 7 degree apprenticeship lasts for 30 months. This consists of 24 months to complete the academic award (e.g. Executive MBA or MSc) and 6 months for the end point assessment.

Am I eligible to undertake a higher level degree apprenticeship?

To qualify you will be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week while also attending University. You will have a first degree at 2:1 or above, or equivalent work experience and/or professional qualifications. In addition to your qualification, you will require at least three years’ relevant full-time work experience after graduation. Candidates who do not have an undergraduate degree can be considered if they can demonstrate exceptional work experience. Typically, you will work 80% of the time and study 20% of the time. Whilst you do need an employer to support your application for an apprenticeship course, once you have enrolled you won't have any tuition fees to pay.

Can I do a higher level degree apprenticeship if I already have a degree?

Yes! Graduates are eligible for degree apprenticeship funding. The apprenticeship must be significantly different to the degree you already hold to ensure that new skills, knowledge and behaviours are gained. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us on ExecutiveEducation@sheffield.ac.uk or on 0114 215 7190 to discuss.

Funding

How do I fund an apprenticeship programme?

Employers with a payroll in excess of £3 million will be subject to the Apprenticeship Levy and any funds paid out can be used to fund participation in apprenticeship programmes. Partial funding for the cost of the apprenticeship programme fee is available for non levy-paying employers (up to the relevant funding cap). The government will fund up to 95% of the apprenticeship programme fees. You can find out more on the Education & Skills Funding Agency website and our dedicated Contracts Manager will help you every step of the way to secure the funds.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, we offer up to 50% of the tuition fees on our part-time programmes to exceptional candidates who can demonstrate this through a selection process, including an interview and presentation. Please contact us on ExecutiveEducation@sheffield.ac.uk or on 0114 215 7190 to discuss. Scholarships are not accessible on apprenticeship programmes.

The application process

How do I apply?

Usually you will apply via our online application portal. The link for this will be available on the programme page. The form is divided into two parts. The first section is for you to detail your personal information including English language ability, previous education and employment. You will have to complete all of the mandatory fields in this part (marked with an *) before you can go on to the second section. The second section is where you will select the course(s) you want to apply for. If you need any support in completing your application, you can contact us on ExecutiveEducation@sheffield.ac.uk or on 0114 215 7190.

What supporting document or evidence will I need to provide?

You'll need to include certain documents to support your application such as evidence of your previous qualifications. You can supply these simply by uploading them to the relevant sections of your application.

What happens after I’ve applied?

Once you have successfully submitted an application, we will create your applicant record and will send you an email confirmation. This email will include your applicant number, as well as information about what happens next. You will normally hear about the outcome of your application within four weeks, following discussion with the Programme Director. Sometimes decisions can be delayed if we require further information from you. If this is the case, we will contact you to request it. Once we have made our decision, it will appear in your online application and we will also send you an email to confirm this. If we have offered you a study place, we will provide you with an official electronic offer letter detailing any conditions and the amount payable for tuition fees. The offer letter will be attached to your email and is also available for you to download from your online application. If we haven't offered you a study place and you would like feedback on this decision, you should contact us directly in writing at ExecutiveEducation@sheffield.ac.uk.

What should I do next?

If your application is successful, you will be made either a conditional or unconditional offer. A conditional offer means that there are requirements that you need to meet before you can start the course, for example a certain English language score or a minimum grade in your current studies. An unconditional offer means that there are no further academic requirements that you need to meet. Please be aware that you will need to show us the original paper copies of your qualifications documents when you come to register at the University.

For Employers

I am thinking of supporting an employee on a programme, what benefits are there for me?

Your employee will be adding value to your organisation from day one. We encourage all of our students to base their assignments and project work on opportunities and challenges from within your organisation. Your employee will apply new skills to any strategic challenges that your organisation is facing. We regularly receive positive feedback from our employers, stating that they consistently see the value and benefit of their investment in employees enrolled onto our programmes.

What am I responsible for as an employer?

Employers are jointly responsible for delivering training in the workplace such as shadowing, mentoring, e-learning and practical training. Alongside the study days your employee attends at University, these activities will contribute towards the required 20 per cent off-the-job-training requirement. We will also meet with you and your employee three times a year to discuss progress and ensure our joint commitment with you and your employee are being met satisfactorily.

I’m an employer and would like to customise a programme for a number of employees?

We are able to customise any of our programmes to meet employer requirements, dependent on enrolling specified minimum numbers. Working in partnership with you, we can help to define your needs and design a tailor-made programme that reflects the challenges and opportunities faced by your organisation. We'll then deliver the programme in a way that suits you and your employees. Please contact us on ExecutiveEducation@sheffield.ac.uk or on 0114 215 7190 to discuss your own requirements and learn how we can help.

Do you offer learning over a shorter term?

Yes. Our short courses are bespoke, short term programmes that can be developed to suit an individual provider's needs. In the past we have run day long workshops that have focused on upskilling both senior and aspiring leaders. We also have plans in place to deliver week-long workshops around finance. These are taught by specialists in their respective fields, with each delegate having the opportunity to experience our Executive Education space, high quality catering and an opportunity to network. All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of a short course. Please contact us on ExecutiveEducation@sheffield.ac.uk or on 0114 215 7190 to discuss your own requirements and learn how we can help.