UK top five for biological research

Research Excellence Framework 2014

We're deepening human understanding of organisms, ecosystems and the interdependencies of life to build a sustainable future.

Study the breadth of organismal biology

Study across the breadth and depth of whole-organism biology, or specialise in an area that most interests you within one of our three pathways: Evolutionary Biology, Plant and Crop Science, or Biodiversity and Conservation.

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Scientists crack mystery behind shape of bird eggs

A centuries-old mystery behind the shape of a bird's egg has been solved by scientists at the University of Sheffield as part of one of the longest-running scientific studies of its kind.

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Take the first step towards your degree

Find out what it's like to study in Animal and Plant Sciences. Explore our web pages to discover our undergraduate courses, and read some student stories to see what our current students and graduates think.

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Study with us

Learn from leading scientists and discover how life works. Our overseas field courses will give you the ultimate study experience in biology, ecology, plant sciences and zoology.

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World-class research

We're one of the UK's leading centres for research in the life sciences. Our work spans the Arctic and the tropics, single cells and entire ecosystems.

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Partnerships with industry and other organisations help us use our research to tackle global problems. For example, we're collaborating with international partners to safeguard the world's most endangered birds.

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Bird conservation