Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code C304
Duration 5 years
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Related subjects Biology Ecology Zoology

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

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Top 5 for biological research
Research Excellence Framework 2014

7th in the UK for biological sciences
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Course description

This five-year MBiolSci with Placement Year allows you to do a year-long, paid work placement between your second and third year. A year of specialist research training completes this advanced course.

You'll pay reduced fees for the year you're on placement. You'll also have regular contact with your tutor and all the support you need from the University. We have a dedicated tutor to help you find a placement, and our Careers Service is on hand to offer support and advice.

The 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. With level three project work 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.

Your MBiolSci involves an extensive, individual research project similar to that of a masters degree. You'll work one-to-one with a member of academic staff. The project will build on your in-depth knowledge and skills. It's excellent preparation for a research-related career or higher degree.

There are optional field courses in the UK, Ireland, Arctic Sweden, the Mediterranean, Tanzania, and tropical rainforest in Malaysian Borneo.

If you want to study zoology, but don't meet the entry requirements to go straight into the first year, our Biosciences with a Foundation Year could be for you. After successfully completing the one-year programme, you'll progress onto the first year of your chosen degree.

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 AAA, including Biology and a second science
A Levels + additional qualifications AAB, including Biology and a second science + B in a relevant EPQ; AAB, including Biology and a second science + B in Core Maths
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Biology and a second science
BTEC DD in Applied Science (with Distinctions in all biology units if not offered at A Level) + A in an A Level science
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3, including Biology and a second science
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAAAB, including a second science + A in Biology
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + 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, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Economics or Environmental Science/Studies
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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:

Animal Behaviour
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:

Behavioural Ecology
Biology Projects
Biology Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme
Conservation Principles
Ecosystems in a Changing Global Environment
Environmental Interpretation Field Course
Evolutionary Biology
Freshwater Ecology Field Course
Genomics and Wildlife Forensics
Insect Biology Practicals
Insects
Inside Animals
Molecular Evolutionary Genetics
Palaeobiology
Population and Community Ecology 2
Talking the Talk: Getting science on Film
Tropical Forest Ecology and Conservation

Fourth year

Core modules:

Research Project
Dissertation
Topics in Modern Zoology

Optional modules:

Biological Field Research
Conservation Issues and Management
Biology and Ethics
Cooperation and Conflict
Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems
Evolutionary Ecology
Future Plants: From Laboratory to Field
Global Change
Human Evolutionary Genetics
Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems
The Ecology of Landscapes
Topics in Evolutionary Genetics
Topics in Modern Ecology

Fifth year

Core modules:

Research Project
Research Dissertation
Research and Communication Skills in Biology
Advanced Biological Analysis

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.

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

The Times Good University Guide 2019 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 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 state-of-the-art facilities include controlled environment chambers that simulate natural climates around the world. We also have experimental gardens and glasshouses, artificial stream and pond systems, leading 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, governments and charities, 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, charity and 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


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