Frequently asked questions

How do I apply

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 have to complete all of the mandatory fields in this part (marked with a *) before you can go on to the section 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

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 and a personal statement. 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 email to confirm this. 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 in 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.

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

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 should I do next?

In most cases, you can accept or decline the offer of a study place via your online application. If you're not able to do this, please let us know your decision by emailing us at Except where indicated in the offer letter, there are no specific deadlines for accepting an offer. However, we encourage applicants to make a decision within three months of receiving an offer. Also, the sooner you accept an offer, the sooner you'll be able to make arrangements.

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'll be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week while also attending University. Typically, you will work 80% of the time and study 20% of the time. While you do need an employer to support your application for an apprenticeship course, once you're on board you won't have any tuition fees to pay.

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. You will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction.

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 on your eligibility, please contact us on to discuss.

How long do degree apprenticeships take?

Typically, a level 7 degree apprenticeships 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.

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 a three or five 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.

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 90% of the apprenticeship programme fees. You can find out more on the Education & Skills Funding Agency website.

I’m an employer and would like to customise a programme?

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 to discuss your own requirements and learn how we can help.

What am I responsible for as an employer?

Employers are also jointly responsible for delivering training in the workplace, such as shadowing, mentoring, e-learning and practical training to satisfy the 20 per cent off-the-job-training requirement.