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Meet our students

Find out what it's like to study animal and plant sciences at the University of Sheffield

Student stories

Undergraduate degrees in Animal and Plant Sciences

Our courses in Biology, Zoology, Ecology and Conservation Biology, and Plant Sciences cover every aspect of life: from cells, genes and evolution, to behaviour and species interactions, to ecosystems and climate change. This breadth gives you the freedom to take a course that’s flexible. You can specialise as much or as little as you like.

Entry requirements

BSc courses (except Year Abroad): AAB including biology and another science subject

MBiolSci courses and BSc Biology with a Year Abroad: AAA including biology and another science

Entry requirements

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Inspirational teaching

Our lecturers are experts on a remarkable range of subjects, from the genetics and evolution of shark teeth to how soils and plants regulate climate change. They'll introduce you to cutting-edge ideas, and teach you how to formulate scientific questions, design experiments and interpret your data.

We put a big emphasis on developing practical skills in the field and in our state-of-the-art labs. There are lots of opportunities to be creative, think independently and express your ideas. You can even make your own wildlife documentaries.

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Field courses


All of our students go on a field course between second and third year. We give you a choice of fascinating habitats to explore, from the mountains of Arctic Sweden to the rainforests of Borneo.

Seeing the sun rise over a misty forest with bird calls all around is an experience I will never forget.

Bethany Harvey,
MBiolSci Biology

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Abigail Collard

I was developing new chocolate products and improving products for the gifting and seasonal market within Europe... My experience has resulted in me accepting a graduate job offer to work within chocolate research.


Careers with your degree

In-depth knowledge of organisms and ecosystems is central to environmental policy, healthcare and conservation. Our graduates can also work at the forefront of emerging disciplines such as data science and green technology. Many go on to inspire others, as museum curators, science journalists, wildlife filmmakers and teachers.

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Ben Cherry completed our BSc Zoology course, which led to an award-winning career as an environmental photojournalist.

Sheffield – an extraordinary place

Choose Sheffield and you're not just choosing one of Britain's finest universities. You're choosing a city that's one of the best in the UK for student life. Our students have voted us top in the Russell Group for student experience.

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The UK's number one students' union

Our students' union is consistently recognised as the best in the country. The entertainment and the social life are first rate. But the awards also reflect how effective our students' union is at representing students.

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Award-winning accommodation

Our accommodation has been voted top five in the UK for four years running. The residences are walking distance from campus and the city, and your bills, free internet and contents insurance are included in the package.

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