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Full time September MSc

About the course

The development of advanced and super-resolution microscopy has opened a new frontier in how scientists study biological systems and develop new approaches in medicine. In recent years, Nobel Prizes have been awarded to the researchers behind super-resolution fluorescence microscopy and cryo-electron microscopy.

Whether your background is in biological science, physical sciences, medicine or engineering, MSc Biological Imaging is designed to train you to use the technologies behind these state-of-the-art techniques, and see what discoveries can be made using the highly detailed images you'll capture. You'll have access to some of the most advanced microscopy tools as you learn from the experts in optical, atomic force and electron microscopy, and from our partners in

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Entry Requirements

For this course, we usually ask for an upper second class (2:1) degree, or equivalent, in physics or biology. We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

We also accept qualifications from other countries. Find out which qualifications we accept from your country:

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If you have not already studied in a country where English is the majority language, it is likely that you will need to have an English language qualification. We usually ask for:

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): Overall grade of 6.5 with 6 in each component.


Up-to-date fees can be found on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students: Please see the university website for further information on fees for this course.

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Student Profile(s)

Victoria Lund

As a postgraduate student who studies the processes behind how bacteria build their protective cell wall, Victoria has access to state-of-the-art microscopy equipment.

"In my work, I use several different techniques, but what particularly interests me is the use of high-resolution microscopy. One of my reasons for staying in Sheffield is its recent investment in imaging through the Imagine program, which gives me access to some of the best microscopes."

Matthew Stedman

During his masters year, Matthew worked in our £2.5 million electron microscopy facility, where he studied amyloidβ, the causative agent of Alzheimer's disease.

"We were some of the first people to use the new Arctica cryo-electron microscope, and considering the cost of the microscope I was surprised that we were allowed to use it at all. This was a nice reflection of the faith the department had in our abilities and made us feel rather valued."

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