Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code C180
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Biology Ecology Conservation Biology Environmental Science

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Admissions Secretary
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 0123
Email animal.plant@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/aps/prospectiveug

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Top 5 for biological research
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Top 5 in the UK for biological sciences
The Times Good University Guide 2017

Top 100 in the world for biological science
QS World University Rankings 2016

94% satisfied with their course
National Student Survey 2016

Course description

This three year course gives you a conceptual and practical understanding of communities and ecosystems and the threats they face. Optional modules include molecular and evolutionary ecology, population biology and conservation principles.

We have excellent facilities for ecology teaching and research, including controlled environment chambers that simulate conditions ranging from the Tropics to the Arctic, experimental gardens and glasshouses, artificial stream systems, state-of-the-art equipment for DNA, bio-molecular and elemental analyses. The Peak District National Park and other habitats are within easy reach.

There are optional field courses in the Peak District National Park (UK), Anglesey (UK), Ireland, Arctic Sweden, the Mediterranean and the tropical rainforest in Borneo in the summer between your second and third years.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB including Biology and a second science
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including B from Biology and a second science + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34, with 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level including Biology and a second science
BTEC DD in Applied Science with Distinctions in all Science Units + either a minimum of grade B in A - level biology or grade A in another A-level science
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including Biology and a second science subject
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB including a second science subject + B in Biology
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA in Biology and a second science
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • Human Biology is acceptable instead of Biology. Second science from Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths, Statistics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Economics or Environmental Science/Studies
  • BTEC in Animal Management is not accepted
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Animal and Plant Sciences website

First year

Core modules:

Skills for Biologists 1
Biodiversity
Ecosystems, Climate and Environmental Change
Evolution
Genes in Populations
Molecular and Cell Biology

Optional modules:

Animal Physiology, Reproduction and Development
Animal and Plant Physiology
Behaviour of Humans and Other Animals
Ecological identification skills
Plant Physiology, Reproduction and Development
Population and Community Ecology 1
Reproduction, Development and Growth

Second year

Core modules:

Population and Community Ecology 2
Animal and Plant Science Tutorials
Careers for Biologists
Conservation Principles
Data Analysis
Freshwater Ecology Field Course
Plant Habitat and Distribution
Tropical Forest Ecology and Conservation

Optional modules:

The Molecular Revolution in Biology
Biology Projects
Biotechnology and Food Security
Ecosystems in a Changing Global Environment
Environmental Biology Practicals
Evolutionary Biology
Insect Biology Practicals
Plant, Cell and Environment
Symbiosis
Talking the Talk: Getting science on Film

Third year

Core modules:

Conservation Issues and Management
Project

Optional modules:

Biology Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme
Conflict and Cooperation
Dissertation
African Ecology and Biodiversity Field Course - human and natural influences
Animal Ecology and Behaviour Field Course
Arctic Ecosystems Field Course
Behavioural Ecology Field Course
Biology and Ethics
Environmental Regulation in Plants
Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems
Evolutionary Ecology
Global Change
History and Philosophy of Science
Human Evolutionary Genetics
Life in Extreme Environments
Marine Ecology Field Course
Phylogenetic Approaches to Evolution
Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems
The Ecology of Landscapes
Topics in Evolutionary Genetics
Trends in Biology
Tropical Rain Forest: Biology Field Course

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 21%
Independent study 79%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 57%
Coursework 37%
Practical 6%

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

The Times Good University Guide 2017 puts Sheffield in the UK top 5 for biosciences. In fact every edition since 2009 put us in the top 5. We think this means we're doing something right.

We're a close knit community where every student gets the support and encouragement needed to achieve their best work. Our staff are world leaders in their fields and much of what we teach is based on out own world-leading research.

The timetable is busy and varied. We combine lectures with small group tutorials. You'll also take part in ongoing, cutting-edge field and lab research, giving you an exceptional breadth of experience.

Our facilities include controlled environment chambers that simulate natural climates around the world. We also have experimental gardens and glasshouses, artificial stream and pond systems, state-of-the-art equipment for DNA analysis, biomolecular and elemental analyses, and extensive computing resources.

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences website

What our graduates do

Life scientists are employed throughout business and industry, in universities, schools and hospitals, as well as government departments and charitable foundations. They develop new technology, and improve our health and living standards. They're vitally important to the economy.

Here are some examples of what graduates in each area are doing now:

Biology
Our graduates work with water companies, conservation agencies, environmental consultancies, wildlife trusts,
museums, universities, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, agricultural institutes, development agencies and in local, national and international government.

Zoology
Our graduates are employed in local, national and international industries, addressing issues that range from conservation and management of natural resources through to medical, veterinary or agricultural research.

Plant Sciences
Our graduates have an understanding of ideas and techniques that are in extensive demand, particularly in agriculture, biotechnology, crop protection and environmental management. There are excellent career opportunities in government, academic and industrial research institutes focused on science and policy, as well as in teaching and consulting.

Ecology
Ecology graduates are well qualified for careers in government or industry sectors that focus on environmental management and consulting, sustainable forestry, agriculture and conservation. You could go into research, education, journalism, finance, law or a technical profession.

Student profile


"I've met some fantastic staff who are at the cutting edge of climate change research, which is a real privilege."

Alex Leschinsky
Animal and Plant Sciences

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