International College

Animal and plant sciences

Explore the intricacies of organisms, ecosystems and the interdependencies of life and find out how we can build a sustainable future.

What is animal and plant sciences?

Animal and plant sciences is the study of animals, humans, plants, microbes, evolution and ecosystems. It aims to understand how species rely on each other, to encourage the mutual thriving of life on earth.

Animal and plant sciences at the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences is home to one of the biggest communities of whole-organism biologists in the UK. It is dedicated to solving pressing environmental problems. 91% of its graduates are in work or further study within six months (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey data 2016/17).

Animal and plant sciences degree options at University of Sheffield

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Top five for biological research
in the UK
Research Excellence Framework 2014


Zoology degrees at Sheffield ranked 1st in the UK
for overall satisfaction.
National Student Survey, 2019

Degree preparation at the International College

The University of Sheffield International College offers specialist university preparation for international students. On our pathway programmes, you will study key subject modules to prepare you for your degree, while also building confidence in your English language and study skills. Whether you are aiming for undergraduate or postgraduate study, you will have the confidence to succeed once you progress to the University of Sheffield.

Your pathways to studying at the University of Sheffield:

Why study animal and plant sciences?

As an animal and plant sciences graduate, you can make a valuable contribution to the understanding of issues affecting animals and the environment. Benefits of studying animal and plant sciences include:

Animal and plant scientists have a vital role to play in society. By exploring links between plants and human health, they can give insight into improving and preserving the lives of animals and humans.

Animal and plant scientists conduct research to explore how plants, animals, and humans rely on each other. Their findings help influence reports and policy on climate change,the biggest threat facing our planet.

Working in group projects will prepare you to work well with others, improving your listening and leadership skills. These will be key in any career you choose.

Animal and plant sciences career prospects

When you graduate from the University of Sheffield, you will be able to choose from a range of challenging and rewarding careers.

Animal and plant sciences careers include:

  • animal nutritionist
  • animal physiotherapist
  • nature conservation officer
  • zoologist.

Related careers include:

  • ecologist
  • environmental consultant
  • veterinary nurse.