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Biology with Placement Year MBiolSci

University of Sheffield

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Master of Biological Sciences - MBiolSci

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Our MBiolSci Biology with Placement Year 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. You’ll combine the research-focused integrated masters with a year-long, paid work placement as part of your degree. When you return to Sheffield, the majority of your fourth year will be devoted to a major research project allowing you to develop advanced laboratory skills.This course covers the full breadth of biological sciences. You’ll learn about how cells and genes work, how organisms age, how populations evolve, and how organisms and ecosystems function. You'll also discover how we can work towards solving pressing global challenges including antibiotic resistance, ageing, biodiversity, sustainability and climate change.All of our students study an essential set of core modules designed to give you the skills that every professional biologist needs. Alongside these you'll have the opportunity to study optional modules that span zoology, ecology and conservation biology, and plant sciences. You can mix and match these modules, covering genetics, structure, function, evolution, behaviour and ecology of all organisms, underpinned by the latest research discoveries from our experts across DNA, evolution, biodiversity and beyond.In your first year you’ll spend your first week on a field trip in Sheffield, collecting data and working on projects throughout the city’s green spaces and out to the edge of the Peak District. Throughout the year you’ll develop your scientific research skills with practical sessions in the lab and regular field trips to zoos, aquariums and nature reserves. You’ll also have lectures and take part in small group tutorials where you’ll learn about the latest research findings from our world-leading academics.In your second year you’ll begin learning more advanced scientific topics and techniques. 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 biology students get the opportunity to go on an optional two-week long field course between second and third year too, giving you the chance to carry out your own research and develop an understanding of the ecology and biodiversity of different habitats across the globe.Once you return from your placement, in your third year you'll complete a research project and dissertation in an area of biology 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 our time will be devoted to a major research project designed to equip you with the advanced laboratory 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.The demand for skilled biologists has expanded in recent years within industry, research, education and beyond. Our graduates go into careers across conservation, research, marketing, human resources, science communication and teaching, using their sought after transferrable skills in data analysis, project management and teamwork to thrive in a range of organisations. Each year our graduates join conservation and environmental consultancies, wildlife trusts, museums, hospitals

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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£ 23,750per 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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