Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code C300
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Biology Ecology Zoology

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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 10 in the UK for biological sciences
The Times Good University Guide 2018

Course description

This three year course explores areas such as population and community ecology, animal conservation and biodiversity, molecular ecology, evolution and behaviour. We have been at the forefront of important recent developments in the study of natural selection and the outcome of evolution at the individual and population levels.

You'll develop skills that are central to scientific investigation, including observation, testing of ideas, analysis and critical interpretation. In the third year, you'll apply these skills to your own research.

In the first and second years, you can choose modules run by our other two biology departments, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences. You may need A Level Chemistry to take these modules.

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

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 at Higher Level 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, Geology, 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
Animal Physiology, Reproduction and Development
Biodiversity
Evolution
Genes in Populations
Molecular and Cell Biology

Optional modules:

Behaviour of Humans and Other Animals
Ecological identification skills
Ecosystems, Climate and Environmental Change
Plant Physiology, Reproduction and Development
Population and Community Ecology 1

Second year

Core modules:

Animal Diversity
Animal Diversity Practicals
Animal and Plant Science Tutorials
Careers for Biologists
Data Analysis

Optional modules:

Population and Community Ecology 2
Animal Behaviour
Biology Projects
Conservation Principles
Ecosystems in a Changing Global Environment
Evolutionary Biology
Genomics and Wildlife Forensics
Insect Biology Practicals
Insects
Inside Animals
Molecular Evolutionary Genetics
Talking the Talk: Getting science on Film
Tropical Forest Ecology and Conservation

Third year

Core modules:

Research Project

Optional modules:

Biology Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme
Conflict and Cooperation
Conservation Issues and Management
Dissertation
Animal Ecology and Behaviour Field Course
Arctic Ecosystems Field Course
Behavioural Ecology Field Course
Biology and Ethics
Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems
Evolutionary Ecology
Human Evolutionary Genetics
Life in Extreme Environments
Marine Ecology Field Course
Phylogenetic Approaches to Evolution
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 19%
Independent study 81%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 60%
Coursework 36%
Practical 4%

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

The Times Good University Guide 2018 puts Sheffield in the UK top 10 for biosciences. We think this means we're doing something right.

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. 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 our own world-leading research.

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, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, agricultural institutes, development agencies and in local, national and international government. Many also go on to do PhDs.

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


"One of the big assets of coming to Sheffield was the field courses on offer...being able to come out to the Peak District regularly with my tutor or my lecturer, or going on field courses further afield, even internationally. I'm now an environmental photojournalist."

Ben Cherry
Animal and Plant Sciences


"I've loved being able to get involved with real research in my third year and fourth year projects. We've investigated the impacts of forest fragmentation and logging on biodiversity in the tropics. It's exciting to find out new information from your data, and all the highs and lows that come with carrying out the project make it a very gratifying experience."

Cindy Cosset
Animal and Plant Sciences

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