September 2019 start
MSc

Biological Sciences

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science

This course provides training in whole-organism biology. You can develop broad-based knowledge across the discipline or specialise in one of three major pathways.
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Course description

Biological sciences are at the heart of many global challenges, including food security, sustainable development, climate change and biodiversity management.

This course provides training in the breadth and depth of whole-organism biology. You can develop a wide range of knowledge across the discipline through our general biological sciences pathway, or you can specialise in one of three major areas through dedicated pathways in:

  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Plant and Crop Science
  • Biodiversity and Conservation

Teaching and research in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences extends from cell, genes and biotechnology to communities, ecosystems, conservation and climate change.

Whichever pathway you choose, you'll be learning about the latest research in the field from the experts who are making the discoveries first-hand.

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Modules

Core modules

All students will study:

  • Field Biology
  • Scientific Skills and Project Management
  • Literature Review
  • Independent Research Project

Students studying our broad Biological Sciences pathway will be able choose three or four optional modules from across the three pathways below.

Evolutionary Biology pathway modules

In addition to the core modules, you'll study:

  • Evolutionary Principles
  • Molecular Evolution and Genomics
  • Issues in Evolutionary Biology
  • Biodiversity in Space and Time
Plant and Crop Science pathway modules

In addition to the core modules, you'll study:

  • Crop Science and Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Ecology in a Changing World
  • Issues in Global Food Security
Biodiversity and Conservation pathway modules

In addition to the core modules, you'll study:

  • Global Conservation Issues
  • Agricultural Ecology in a Changing World
  • Changing Global Ecosystems
  • Biodiversity in Time and Space

Teaching

You’ll learn through a combination of practical and field classes, individual research projects, lectures, seminars, tutorials and discussion groups.

Assessment

Assessment includes, but is not limited to, oral presentations, essays, reflective journal entries, examinations, coursework, policy briefing notes and a dissertation.

Duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:2 degree in biological sciences or other relevant science subject.

Applicants with professional experience may also be considered following interview.

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

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

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Contact

aps.pgadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0123

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