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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Sheffield

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Choose to develop a wide range of knowledge across the biological sciences or specialise within one of three major areas: evolutionary biology, plant and crop science or biodiversity and conservation.

Course description

Our 12-month MSc trains you for a career in research or management around the world. Throughout your course, you'll learn about fundamental concepts and key skills required within the discipline before applying what you've learnt in your literature review and Independent Research Project.

You can choose to explore the breadth of organismal biological sciences or specialise in an area that most interests you within three pathways:

Evolutionary biology: This is a rapidly moving field, thanks to revolutionary advances in sequencing technologies. Students on this pathway will learn about patterns of life-history variation seen in nature and the theories behind them, as well as exploring bioinformatic techniques that help to identify when genes have evolved adaptively.

Plant and crop science: Training is led by the experts behind the Institute for Sustainable Food. You'll understand the key issues in global food security and explore how plants can truly influence global change.

Biodiversity and conservation: Students will develop fundamental knowledge about today’s major conservation issues and the human and environmental drivers including marine plastics, urbanisation, tropical logging and the balance between sustainable food production and biodiversity.

You’ll conduct an Independent Research Project, spending three months researching an area within the biological sciences that matches your future career aspirations, under the supervision of one of our world-leading researchers. You could be field-based, lab-based or complete a computational data-driven project which will give you an opportunity to apply the subject-specific knowledge and analytical skills that you've developed throughout your degree as well as developing new skills in the use of cutting-edge research methods.

Tuition fees

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£ 25,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Sheffield

  • University League Table

    28th

  • Campus address

    University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN, England

As a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, the university has a global reputation for research and teaching excellence.
Among the world's top 100 universities (QS World University Rankings 2020) Sheffield offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a wide range of subjects.
Located in the centre of the UK in a friendly and affordable city, the university has more than 29,000 students from over 150 different countries.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    11th out of 103 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    158 69%

    21st

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78 78%

    22nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%

    20th

    13

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