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  • 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 Microbiology course is designed for students who want to pursue a career in industrial or academic research, with the majority of the fourth year devoted to a major research project either in industry or in an academic lab.The course allows you to learn about the fundamental role these tiny organisms play in the world and their part in countless scientific advances. Microbes are crucial in global cycling of nutrients and they're the subjects of our most fundamental experiments to understand how life functions, with their genomes being the first to be completely sequenced. At Sheffield, you'll study the importance of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes in the environment and as pathogens. You'll also learn about how we can manipulate their genetic makeup to put microbes to good use in biotechnology, allowing us to better understand and tackle the global threat of antimicrobial resistant infections.All of our students take compulsory modules designed to give you specialist knowledge of microbiology, whilst also introducing you to biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology. As you progress through your degree and discover what you’re passionate about, optional modules will allow you to explore your chosen subject in greater depth, specialise in one area, keep your interests broad, or even switch to another degree programme within the molecular biosciences.In your first year you’ll spend six hours in the lab each week learning the practical skills and knowledge that every bioscientist needs including how to establish bacterial cultures, assess bioenergetics and perform gene cloning. Analysis classes will equip you with the skills you’ll use outside the lab from interacting with your data to interpreting your findings. Your lectures will give you a broad understanding of the molecular biosciences, allowing you to explore what you’re most interested in.In your second year you’ll begin learning more advanced scientific techniques both in the lab and in lectures with topics including experimental design, genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 and protein purification. You’ll continue to take analysis classes to develop your data handling skills further and you can choose to study modules like “Molecules to Market”, allowing you to work in teams to come up with pioneering science enterprise ideas to launch a virtual business. In your third year you’ll complete an extended research project in an area of molecular bioscience that interests you either in the lab or in wider society, alongside your chosen specialist modules. Depending on your interests and career goals you can choose a project from: experimental science, clinical diagnostics, industrial biotechnology, molecular systems and computing, science communication or education and outreach.In your fourth year the majority of your time will be devoted to a major research project. You can choose between spending a year in industry and completing your project at a company such as AstraZeneca, GSK, or Unilever; or undertaking projects in one of our world-leading research labs within the department or the University of Sheffield Medical School.AccreditationOur four-year MBiolSci degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology which shows employers that you’ve developed the extra skills and knowledge that they’re looking for.Microbiology graduates are well equipped for jobs in universities, research institutes, businesses, the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry and the growing biotechnology industry in order to begin their scientific careers. With a variety of key transferable skills that employers are looking for, including teamwork skills, critical thinking, and how to present effectively, graduates are also well equipped to pursue roles outside of bioscience, from IT and bus

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 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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