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University of Sheffield

Plant Sciences

UCAS Code: C209

Master of Biological Sciences - MBiolSci

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

including Biology and a second science

Access to HE Diploma

D:39,M:6,P:0

60 credits overall with 45 at level 4 including 39 credits at Distinctions to include Biology and a second science, and 6 credits at Merit. Applicants are considered individually.

Extended Project

B

plus grades AAB including Biology and a second science at A level

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English at Grade C or grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics at grade C or grade 4 required

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

including 6 in Higher Level Biology and a second science

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2

including Biology and a second science

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

in Applied Science (with Distinctions in all Biology Units if not offered at A level) plus A in an Level Science

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD-D*DD

(RQF) D*DD in Applied Science with Distinctions in all Biology Units (QCF) DDD in Applied Science (with Distinctions in all Biology Units if not offered at A level) + A in an A Level Science

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

including a science plus grade A in Biology in Scottish Advanced Higher

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

plus grades AA in Biology and a second science

UCAS Tariff

144-159

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Plant sciences

Our MBiolSci Plant Sciences course is designed for students who want to pursue a career in industrial or academic research, or where understanding the process of research is vital to success. The majority of your fourth year will be devoted to a major research project working in the lab or the field with our world-leading staff. You might even choose to gain valuable work experience as a recognised part of your degree by spending a year on placement.

This course spans fundamental plant biology, exploring evolution, developmental biology, photosynthesis and disease whilst considering the role of plants in solving global food and energy shortages, and developing sustainable and green technologies. You’ll cover two main themes at Sheffield: plant physiology - how plants harvest light energy, acquire nutrients from the soil and convert this in order to sustain growth, and plant ecology - how plants interact with each other and their non-living environment.

All of our students study an essential set of core modules designed to give you the skills that every professional plant scientist needs. Alongside these you'll have the opportunity to study optional modules that span ecology and conservation biology and zoology. You can mix and match these modules, covering photosynthesis, global warming and vegetation, climate change and pollution impacts on plant communities, underpinned by the latest research discoveries from our experts.

In your first year you’ll spend your first week on a field course in Sheffield, collecting and analysing data throughout the city’s green spaces and out to the edge of the Peak District. Throughout the year you’ll develop practical skills in the lab, including microscopy and genetics, complemented by regular field trips to zoos, aquariums and nature reserves. You’ll also have lectures and take part in small group tutorials where you’ll enhance your writing, data analysis and presentation skills as you learn about the latest research findings from our world-leading academics.

In your second year, your modules will cover more advanced scientific topics and techniques across plant science. Some students choose to take our science communication module ‘Talking the Talk: Getting Science on Film’ where you’ll get the chance to make your own factual science documentaries, with support and advice from professional filmmakers. All of our zoology students receive training in modern data analysis techniques and get the opportunity to go on an optional two-week long field course between second and third year, giving you the chance to design and carry out your own research and develop an understanding of the ecology and biodiversity of different habitats across the globe.

In your third year you'll complete a research project and dissertation in an area of plant science that interests you alongside your chosen specialist modules. Conducted under the supervision of one of our world experts, you'll work in a small group to define questions, develop experimental protocols, conduct the research, analyse the data and ultimately produce a written report in the form of a scientific publication.

In your fourth year the majority of your time will be devoted to a major research project designed to equip you with the advanced laboratory, data analysis and writing skills you’ll need for a successful and rewarding career in science. You'll be embedded within one of our specialist research groups, conducting your own independent research and interacting with academics and lab staff as a professional scientist.

Each year our graduates join conservation and environmental consultancies, wildlife trusts, museums, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and local, national and international government. Many also go on to do PhDs. There are excellent career opportunities in government, academic and industrial research institutes focused on science and policy, as well as in consulting and teaching.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
International
£23,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. You may also be eligible for an additional £250 per year depending on your postcode and grades. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your eligibility for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. If you're a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year. The University also offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check what funding your could be eligible for - www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding/calculator. Further information - www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-funding

The Uni


Course location:

University of Sheffield

Department:

Animal and Plant Sciences

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A*
A

After graduation


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Plant sciences

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This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
55%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Science, engineering and production technicians
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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