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The Department of Animal and Plant Sciences (APS) is one of three departments within the School of Biological Sciences, and is one of the largest whole-organism biology departments in the UK.

Research Centres and Facilities

APS has a range of state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment, and we are also actively involved in a number of research centres spanning across multiple departments.

History and collections

Animal and Plant Sciences, in its present form, was established in 1988, but biology has been taught at the University of Sheffield for over a century. 

Teaching facilities

The three departments in the School of Biological Sciences use their combined resources to support a shared set of high quality biology teaching laboratories.  In addition, APS has its own facilities to support specialized areas of our own teaching.