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Full time September MSc 1 year

About the course

Biological sciences are at the heart of many global challenges including food security, sustainable development, climate change and biodiversity management.  

Our MSc Biological Sciences course provides training in the breadth and depth of whole-organism biology, allowing you to develop a wide range of knowledge across the discipline via our general biological sciences pathway, or to specialise within one of three major areas through dedicated pathways in: Evolutionary Biology, Plant and Crop Science, and Biodiversity and Conservation.

Within the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, our teaching and research expertise extends from cell, genes and biotechnology through to communities, ecosystems, conservation and climate change so whichever pathway you choose, you'll be learning

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Entry Requirements

We usually ask for a 2:2 degree in biological sciences or other relevant science subject. Applicants with professional experience may also be considered following interview.

We can also accept qualifications from other countries. You can find out which qualifications we accept from your country on the University's webpages for international students: View Website

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: (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)

Sam Fenton

“There’s such a wide range of research interests within the department which ensures that every student has the chance to do a project related to their field of interest. The department did a great job at getting me up to speed with any processes and techniques I needed to know as well as helping me learn the ins and outs of R which has been a massive asset as I’ve carried out my research.

"The highlight for me so far was the two months I spent in Tjärnö, Sweden working at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure while I carried out the field work for my project investigating local adaptation in snails. Sweden is such an incredible country and the chance to be there on a Masters budget is pretty incredible. Everyone I worked with out there, as well as back in Sheffield, was incredibly welcoming and helpful and my time out there has really made me want do more research abroad or even study abroad in the future which is something I never thought I would do.”

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