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Zoology with Placement Year MBiolSci

University of Sheffield

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  • Qualification

    Master of Biological Sciences - MBiolSci

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    5 Years

Course summary

Our five-year MBiolSci Zoology 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 zoologist academics focused on everything from genetics to biodiversity and climate change.The course is about animals, their evolution, and their interactions with each other, the environment and biodiversity conservation. It spans microbes, invertebrates, birds, fish, mammals and humans. You’ll learn how they evolved, how their physiology works, how they behave, and how they respond to global change. You’ll discover how their biodiversity is maintained and lost, and use this knowledge to help us to address important issues such as tropical wildlife conservation, disease outbreaks and maintaining functioning ecosystems.You'll cover three main themes at Sheffield: their comparative physiology - the functional characteristics of animals; their evolutionary biology - how animals adapt to their environment, and their behaviour, ecology and conservation - how animals interact with their environment and each other to support biodiversity on the planet. Alongside your specialist zoology 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 ecology and molecular genetics that underpin conservation, to pharmacology, neuroscience and even human physiology. This flexibility allows you to study zoology in greater depth, 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 choose to focus solely on zoology, 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.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.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 23,750per year

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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

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 2021) 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

    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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