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Plant Sciences with Placement Year BSc

University of Sheffield

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science - BSc

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

This course will give you an in-depth insight into fundamental plant biology. You’ll explore photosynthesis, the genetics of disease resistance and the conservation of plant diversity. As part of your degree you’ll have the opportunity to do a year-long, paid work placement. This will enhance your understanding of how we can harness plant technology to solve global food and energy shortages, mitigate the effects of the climate crisis, and develop sustainable and green technologies.Our 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 such as market research, communications or business development. A placement is a great opportunity to test out a career path and many students are offered a graduate-level job at the end. 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.During your time at Sheffield you’ll cover two main themes: plant physiology - how plants harvest light energy, acquire nutrients from the soil and convert this to sustain growthplant ecology - how plants interact with each other and their non-living environment, and disease resistance and 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, 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, broaden your interests or even switch to another biosciences degree.No matter what modules you choose to study, you’ll develop the 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 field course in the UK or abroad.Whether you choose to focus solely on plant sciences, or study a range of topics across the biosciences, your personal tutor will support you to tailor your degree to your interests and career goals.If you want to study this course but don't meet the entry requirements our Biosciences with a Foundation Year could be for you. After successfully completing the one year programme, you'll progress onto the first year of one of our bioscience degrees.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 25,670per year

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

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University information

University of Sheffield

  • University League Table

    26th

  • Campus address

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

Pathway programmes are available to help students with English as a second language and different educational backgrounds prepare for their academic career.
With nearly 11,000 international students, Sheffield is a diverse, welcoming city that’s celebrated for its safety and strong sense of community and culture.
The university offers a range of scholarships for high-achieving international students who demonstrate excellent academic potential.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    15th out of 100 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    151 69%

    21st

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72.0 72%

    47th

    25
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%

    22nd

    2

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