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MRes Plant and Microbial Biology


University of Sheffield    School of Biosciences

Full time September MRes 1 year full time 31 August 2022

About the course

Research plants and microbes in the School of Biosciences or take an industrial placement as part of this research-focussed course.

Course description

Plants and microbes are fundamental to food security, as well as being central to global ecosystems. At Sheffield we study them from every angle: from the molecular level up to whole organisms, in the context of ecosystems, industry and major global challenges.

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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 BSc honours degree, or equivalent, in biology or a closely related quantitative subject. In addition, you should be able to demonstrate evidence of aptitude and enthusiasm for research eg an undergraduate research project.

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Other English language qualifications we accept

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


Fees

Home (2022 annual fee) : £13,000
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £28,500

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Student Profile(s)

Emily Shone

“Sheffield as a city has always attracted me, there is always something going on and the close proximity to the Peak District is a bonus! When I began to look at masters courses, I soon realised that MRes courses suited me better than the courses with more taught aspects. Sheffield offers an MRes course that can easily be adapted to your own interests, as well as the opportunity to complete the research aspect of the course in industry.

I am currently undergoing my research project at Rothamsted Research, one of the oldest agricultural research institutions in the world. The placement has allowed me to gain experience in working in an industrial setting rather than the academic setting I experienced during my undergraduate studies. I have been able to work independently in the laboratory, whilst drawing upon the knowledge of others around me to develop my work. The placement has given me an insight into alternative careers within research, as well as allowing me to network within the sector. My time studying in Sheffield allowed me to prepare for my placement. Assignments allowed me to explore my area of interest and develop my understanding of the topic. The skills I learnt through the R course have helped in the analysis of my results.”

Gabriel Robinson

"I had wanted a course with a large research component and so the nature of the MRes with half of the entire course being an individual research project attracted me. The possibility of working on my research project with Enza Zaden, a plant breeding company in the Netherlands was also really attractive to me as I wanted experience working in industry and thought it would be interesting to live abroad for six months.

I have learnt many skills as part of the course, from science communication and data analysis skills in the first half of the course whilst at Sheffield, to the practical skills such as Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques and insect bioassays that I have developed being on placement.”

Alexandros Phokas

Doing my own research project is a fascinating experience. I feel like I have developed massively during my course by working in the lab every day. I love the whole procedure of making transgenic plants, growing them and then analysing their phenotype using different methods like fluorescence microscopy.

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