2019 start

Biological Imaging

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science

Our masters courses focus on some of the most exciting areas of modern physics. These one-year degrees reflect Sheffield’s outstanding expertise in these fast-moving subjects. They are designed to give you the research skills and scientific expertise to make new discoveries in fields where there are many mysteries left to be solved.
Biological Imaging postgraduates in lab

Course description

This one-year masters course will teach you the latest microscopy techniques, which can be used to answer biological questions ranging from how proteins interact and how cancer cells grow to how plant cells breathe and how photosynthesis works at the most fundamental level.

During your degree, you will be able to learn super-resolution and atomic force microscopy techniques from specialists in the University of Sheffield’s Biophysical Imaging Centre, and electron microscopy techniques from scientists in our dedicated £3 million facility.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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Core modules

  • Imaging Life
  • Imaging Across the Disciplines
  • Theory and Practical Application of Imaging
  • Image Analysis
  • Imaging Project


One year individual programme of research. Taught material is complemented by a research project in one of our world-leading research groups or with one of our industrial partners.

Your training will cover the application of microscopy to a wide range of biological systems This will include practical applications on our world leading, optical, atomic force and electron microscopy imaging facilities.


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in physics or biology.

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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+44 114 222 3789

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.