University of Sheffield has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Our four-year MBiolSci with a Year Abroad (BSc + 1 year MBiolSci) focuses on whole-organism biology - primarily animals, plants and microbes with some human biology. Specialist modules cover areas such as animal behaviour, evolutionary biology, ecology, genetics, conservation, climate change and molecular biology. A year of specialist research training completes this advanced, four-year course.
In the Year Abroad programme, you spend your second year at a leading university in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore or Hong Kong. This gives you first-hand experience of ecosystems outside the UK and their associated fauna and flora, such as coral reefs, boreal forests, temperate rain forests, high-mountains and deserts.
By studying biological processes across plants, animals and microbes you'll gain an understanding of how organisms work at the molecular level, how they behave and interact with each other and their environment, how they evolve, and the role they play in the functioning of ecosystems. The course is flexible. There are numerous modules available, across all major areas of biology, so you can design your degree to suit your interests. There are also optional modules available in biomedical science, molecular and microbiology, even philosophy. You may need A Level Chemistry to take these modules.
There are also optional field courses in the Peak District National Park (UK), Anglesey (UK), Ireland, Arctic Sweden, the Mediterranean, the tropical rainforest in Malaysian Borneo and the plains of Tanzania. These run in the summer between the second and third year.
The Times Good University Guide has put Sheffield in the UK top 10 for biosciences every year since 2009.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||AAA||including Biology and a second science|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Not accepted|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 45 credits
M: 0 credits
P: 0 credits
|60 credits overall with Biology and a second science at level 3|
|Scottish Higher||AAAAB||including a second science plus grade A in Biology in Scottish Advanced Higher|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D3, D3, D3||including Biology and a second science|
|Extended Project||B||plus grades AAB including grade B in Biology and a second science at A level|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||36 points||including 6 in Higher Level Biology and a second science|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H1, H1, H1, H1||including Biology and a second science|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D||in Applied Science with Distinctions in all Science units plus either a minimum of grade B in A-level Biology or grade A in another A-level Science|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||A||in Biology plus AAAAB including a second science in Scottish Highers.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A||plus grades AA in Biology and a second science|
Human Biology is acceptable instead of Biology.
Second science from Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Economics or Environmental Science/Studies.
GCSE English at Grade C or grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics at grade C or grade 4 required.
Entry requirements for this course should be read alongside our Admissions policies which can be found at: www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/policies
English baccalaureate policy
We do not require the English Baccalaureate for entry to our undergraduate degrees. For more details, please see our full policy statement which can be found at the following link: www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/policies/englishbacc
A Level reform in England: Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and the University of Sheffield will expect students to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken. Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers they will receive. Please visit http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/policies/reform for further information on qualification reform.
Additional entry requirements
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Bursaries – max available £1,250. The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to all home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your entitlement for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. £0-£25,000 - £1,000 £25,001-£30,000 - £500 £30,001-£40,000 - £250. As well as the above you may be eligible for an additional £250 per year depending on your household income, postcode and grades. Check our Student Funding Calculator to see what you could get. Further information: www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding Enhanced Bursaries – max available £4,500 If you are a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year. Scholarships - The University of Sheffield offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check which scholarships you could be eligible for. Further information: www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding