Chris Butler

Chris’ MBiolSci in Zoology has given him the chance to get hands-on experience in an active research lab working alongside PhD students. It also gave him the opportunity to carry out his own research project while on a field trip in Wales.

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“I am currently in my fourth year of an integrated Masters in Zoology at the University of Sheffield. During this final year, I have worked within an evolutionary development laboratory investigating the gene networks which govern the final form of a species. This has been a fantastic opportunity for myself to obtain plenty of hands-on experience in an active research lab, integrating myself amongst fellow Masters and PhD students. One of the reasons I would recommend the integrated Masters course here at Sheffield is that students will be exposed to both learning and doing science. I have quickly realised that the two involve very different skills, and I believe that having experience of both was crucial in allowing me to secure a PhD in genetics next year at the University of East Anglia.


One of the reasons I would recommend the integrated Masters course here at Sheffield is that students will be exposed to both learning and doing science. I have quickly realised that the two involve very different skills, and I believe that having experience of both was crucial in allowing me to secure a PhD in genetics next year at the University of East Anglia.

Chris Butler

MBiolSci Zoology


“Another fantastic aspect of studying here at Sheffield is the freedom that is granted. During my first year, I had the opportunity to attend lectures of subjects I had never studied before, a fantastic way to explore an area of interest outside my full-time degree. Even by second year I was trusted to generate and complete my own research project whilst on a Welsh field trip. I have also helped manage a student-led project creating science podcast shows for the general public, which has all been made possible due to the fantastic recording facilities found within our Students’ Union. Overall, Sheffield is a fantastic place at allowing its students to form a well-rounded education where individuals get out as much as they put in.”