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In the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield, we are internationally recognised for our groundbreaking research. New international students join our degree programmes every year. Through the University of Sheffield International College we have been able to offer alternative routes to studying animal and plant sciences at the University of Sheffield. Undergraduate students on our biology programmes also have the chance to spend a year of their degree studying the subject in Australia, Canada or the USA, for a truly global experience.

This international perspective means we can look at the biggest challenges in biology from lots of different angles, and work with researchers around the world on finding solutions. Our students meet scientists from lots of different backgrounds, and graduate into the global workforce with a range of experiences that employers are looking for.

Studying animal and plant sciences at Sheffield

We run a range of undergraduate degree programmes, all of which are open to international students. You can apply for one of these courses through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

Visit our webpages for undergraduate students to find out more about our courses and entry requirements.

Undergraduate study

We also run masters courses and have a range of PhD opportunities available each year.

Visit our webpages for postgraduate students to find out more about courses, projects, entry requirements, funding and how to apply for a place.

Postgraduate study

Don't meet our entry requirements?

If you are an international student and you don't meet our entry requirements, our International College offers an International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering and a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering. These programmes are designed to develop your academic level, introduce you to the study skills that will be vital to success and help with language if you need it.

Upon successful completion, you can progress to a number of degree programmes in our department.

International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering

Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering

English Language Requirements

If you have not already studied in a country where English is the majority language, it is likely that you will need to have an English language qualification. Our English Language Teaching Centre offers courses for students who are preparing to study at the University of Sheffield.

English Language Teaching Centre

Helping Nepalese orphans grow fruit and vegetables

A team of scientists from the university's Plant Production and Protection (P3) Centre of Excellence for Translational Agriculture and the Grantham Centre of Sustainable Futures, have teamed up with the Olgapuri Village School near Kathmandu in order to help children and the local community establish a long-term, low-cost and environmentally friendly farming method.

Duncan Cameron, Professor of Plant and Soil Biology from our department and Co-director of P3 said: “Safeguarding food security for future generations is one of the biggest challenges for the 21st century. Working with the orphans in Nepal has been immensely satisfying because you get to witness first-hand how science is making a difference in their lives and helping to supply a secure food source all year round."

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Nepal orphanage


Study abroad opportunities

Students on our Biology with a Year Abroad programme spend their second year studying biology at a top institution in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore or Hong Kong.

It's a great way to get an even bigger range of perspectives on the subject, explore habitats unlike anything here in the UK, and experience life in another part of the world.

Biology with a Year Abroad

Barbara Ojei Agwaziam spent her second year studying in Philadelphia – read more

Barbara Philadelphia

About #WeAreInternational

At the University of Sheffield, we value international students and are passionate about making sure their contribution to our economy and culture is recognised.

That's why the University and Students' Union, led by our Vice-Chancellor and the Students' Union President, launched our #WeAreInternational campaign in 2013. So far, over 160 universities, education institutions and international organisations have backed it.

Find out more