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Plant Sciences with Placement Year

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

including Biology and a second science Human Biology is accepted in lieu of Biology. Second science from Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Science or Geography

Access to HE Diploma

D:39,M:6,P:0

60 credits overall in Science, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 39 credits at Distinction (to include Biology and a second science), and 6 credits at Merit. Applicants are considered individually

Extended Project

B

plus AAB at A Level including Biology and a second science

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language and Maths grade 4/C

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) + A in an A Level science subject

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 subject

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 AA at A Level 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

5.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2022

Subject

Plant sciences

Our five-year MBiolSci Plant Sciences with Placement Year course is designed to give you the best start in your pursuit of a career in industrial or academic research. You'll combine the research-focused integrated masters with a year-long, paid work placement as part of your degree.

Previous students have found placements within industry with organisations such as GSK, Atkins Environmental Consulting and EMEC Ecology; with charities like the Wildlife Trusts, Newquay Zoo, and the Field Studies Council; or in government with the Environment Agency. You could even apply your scientific knowledge and transferable skills within or outside of the bioscience industry in areas including market research, communications or business development. It's a great opportunity to test out a career path that you're considering and many students are offered a graduate-level job at the end of it. You'll pay reduced fees for the year you're on placement and you'll still have the support you need from your tutor and the University.

The majority of your final year will be devoted to a major research project where you'll develop advanced laboratory and fieldwork skills, working alongside our world-leading academics.

The course provides you with in-depth insight into fundamental plant biology, exploring photosynthesis, the genetics of disease resistance and the conservation of plant diversity. You’ll study these topics whilst considering the role of plants in solving global food and energy shortages, mitigating the effects of the climate crisis, 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 to sustain growth, and plant ecology - how plants interact with each other and their non-living environment, from disease resistance to biodiversity.

Our courses are designed for students who have a passion for understanding the role of plants in sustainability and the science and technology of food production. Sheffield is home to the Institute for Sustainable Food which brings together our expertise in this area in order to find dynamic solutions to the challenges of food security and sustainability. It’s research like this that you’ll be able to get involved in throughout your studies.

Alongside your specialist plant science modules, from your first year you’ll have the freedom to study topics across the breadth of biology to complement your knowledge. Topics range from molecular genetics, developmental biology and biochemistry, to evolution, zoology and physiology. This flexibility allows you to study plant sciences in greater depth from a range of perspectives, keep your interests broad or even switch to another degree programme within the biosciences. No matter what modules you choose to study, you’ll develop practical laboratory and transferable skills that make our graduates attractive to employers including project management, problem solving, communication skills and data analysis.

We’ll give you plenty of opportunities to apply your new skills and knowledge too. You’ll be in the lab completing in-depth practicals, out in the Peak District conducting your own research projects, visiting zoos, aquariums and other scientific spots around the country and embarking on a once in a lifetime field course in the UK or abroad.

Whether you want to pursue a career in science, apply your skills in industry, or continue your studies, Sheffield biosciences graduates are highly sought after due to their specialist laboratory and field skills, ability to solve problems, handle and analyse data, and effectively communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£25,670
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:

School of Biosciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Plant sciences

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biosciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

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

Only a handful of students take botany for a first degree - the subject is mostly studied at Masters or by doctorate-level graduates, usually after a biology degree. Last year's botany graduates were most likely to be working six month after graduation, but it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do, or to have a look on their website.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biosciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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